Ed Helms is an actor, comedian, singer and musician known for his work on 'The Daily Show,' 'The Office' and 'The Hangover' films.
Larry Sanger, best known as Wikipedia’s co-founder, has started or helped start many
reference websites: Nupedia, Encyclopedia of Earth, WatchKnowLearn, Reading Bear, Infobitt, and most recently
Everipedia, which he has joined as Chief Information Officer planning the world’s first blockchain
A philosophy Ph.D. whose dissertation concerned the theory of knowledge, Sanger has also written and spoken about the philosophy of the Internet and of online communities.
Sanger currently lives in Ohio, U.S.A., with his wife and two homeschooled boys.
Along with Elon Musk, South African-born Vinny Lingham is currently South Africa’s other
entrepreneur export to the famous Silicon Valley in San Francisco, and is always found ranked online in the
lists of the most influential FinTech/ Blockchain/ Crypto Sphere insiders on the planet.
He is a shark on “Shark Tank South Africa” (made by the same producers as “Shark Tank” in the U.S.) and is a very well-known presence online and in news media.
Vinny is well known for his rabidly engaged Twitter following and speaks candidly about contemporary issues facing the Bitcoin & Blockchain community. His previous business Gyft, which sold electronic gift vouchers, shot to fame after it began accepting Bitcoins.
After California-based First Data acquired Gyft in 2014, reportedly for over $50m, Vinny – a serial entrepreneur – has also become well known as the ‘Bitcoin Oracle’ for his accurate forecasts of movements in the cryptocurrency’s price.
He is now known as one of the world’s top experts on Bitcoin and Blockchain. After over a decade of experience in e-commerce, Vinny realized that no-one had a universal identity solution that balanced security and privacy with ease of use and ubiquity.
Today, his company, Civic, is being built from the ground up to solve problems relating to identity theft, fraud, and ultimately, democracy.
CEO & Co-Founder - MOBI
Chris Ballinger is former Chief Financial Officer and Director of Mobility Services for the Toyota Research Institute.
He joined TRI in April 2017 following 14 years at Toyota Financial Services (TFS), where he served in a global leadership role as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Officer of Strategic Innovation, helping guide global TFS strategy to address future market trends and business model requirements.
Prior to joining Toyota, Ballinger’s career stops included Providian Financial as Assistant Treasurer, Bank of America as Senior Vice President of Treasury, and Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under President Reagan.
Director of Plutos Capital - Partner, Ikigai Asset Management
Ms. Martin has traded fiat currency and derivatives for 5 years, recently as EVP of
Capital where she
built the desk’s west coast institutional business.
Martin advises blockchain tech companies including Wyre, Dreamchain and Aventus. Martin is currently Director of Plutos Capital.
From 2009 to 2013, Martin built a music business on tour with over 500 famous artists.
Prior to that, Martin was VP of STW Fixed Income ($12bn), AVP of McCormack Advisors (stat arb hedge fund), Associate of Structured Products at Charles Schwab, and visiting Researcher at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
Martin served 3 years as Trustee to the University of Colorado Foundation & Endowment (>$1bn). Martin received her BA in International Affairs at CU Boulder, Summa Cum Laude, MBA at UCLA Anderson and has her VFR Private Pilot license.
Co-Founder/Chief Investment Officer - Ikigai Asset Management
Travis Kling is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ikigai Asset Management,
cryptoasset hedge fund.
Prior to founding Ikigai with Timothy Lewis in 2018, Travis spent 10 years in
finance at leading institutional funds.
He started his career as an Investment Banker at Simmons & Company in Houston, focused on Energy M&A, and completed more than $3B in deals and capital raises. While there, he represented Noble Drilling’s $2.2B acquisition of Frontier Drilling.
Travis went on to join Magnetar Capital in Chicago in January 2011 as an Energy Analyst, investing across the capital structure in L/S equities and structured, non-control private equity and debt in the Energy sector. These structured investments included first lien debt, mezzanine debt, warrants, convertible equity, preferred equity, convertible debt, PIPEs and ORRIs. Many of these investments were in highly illiquid or completely illiquid securities.
Travis led investment efforts for all Energy IPOs, investing in over 40 IPOs during his time at Magnetar. During the nearly five years Travis was an Investor at Magnetar, his division grew from $250M to $4.6B in AUM.In 2012, Magnetar Energy won “Specialist Hedge Fund of The Year” from Hedge Fund Magazine. Travis left Magnetar Capital in 2015 to join Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management in New York as a Portfolio Manager. At Point72, Travis had sole discretion over a $200M L/S Energy and Materials equities portfolio and managed a team of two Analysts and a Trader.
Travis designed, built and executed the investment framework, processes and tools to effectively cover 140 companies. Travis regularly interacted with all senior management of the $90B AUM Point72 firm to help them architect and implement various firm-wide data science and “quantamental” initiatives.
In the summer of 2017, after researching Crypto on-and-off for years, Travis began spending considerable time studying Cryptoassets and DLT (Decentralized Ledger Technology). He embarked on a 500+ hour self-study of the technology and its potential to affect transformative change. Travis left Point72 in early December to pursue Crypto investing full-time.
Travis was on an athletic scholarship recipient and football team Captain at Blinn College his first two years in college. Travis has a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a Master’s in Finance from Texas A&M University where he graduated in 2008 with honors. During his graduate work, Travis took a keen interest in behavioral economics and game theory.
Professor of Finance - Pepperdine University
Paul is a professor of finance at Pepperdine University and the creator of EZ Numbers
software, which has helped thousands of startups raise over $1 billion.
Paul conceived and launched the world's first online service for kids, raising $50 million, and introduced it on stage with Bill Gates. Subsequently Paul has worked at the executive level for years in visual effects and virtual reality, involved with the making of Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Planet of the Apes, Tintin, and other movies and games.
Paul is familiar with all aspects of the virtual and augmented reality ecosystem, and is active in medical applications for virtual reality.
Paul has over 15 years of non-profit board experience, seven as Chair. He leads the Technology Committee for the $100 million effort to revitalize Pershing Square, the oldest public space in Los Angeles. The goal with Pershing Square is to harness open, agnostic, versatile systems to create a template for smart urban locations that can be shared with other cities around the world.
Paul has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania's Joseph H. Lauder Institute, and a BA in French from the University of Illinois. Paul is a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation.
David Kim is a blockchain specialist who aims to apply DLT (distributed ledger
technology) to anything and
He has over 13 years of experience in IT strategy and transformation with tier-1 financial institutions and MNCs.
His most recent efforts have pertained to blockchain and M&A Deals Advisory services while at PwC Hong Kong. While at PwC, he helped build the ICO advisory and FinTech/RegTech practice in 2017.
David has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management Science with Minors in International Studies and Computer Science.
Founder/Host - CRYPTO 101
Matthew Aaron is the founder and host of CRYPTO 101. Winner of 2018 best crypto podcast
award and listed as
top 100 crypto influencers.
His goal is to advocate for blockchain and to educate and motivate the average consumer to take notice of this revolutionary technology.
NBA Hall of Famer
Dennis Rodman is one of the greatest rebounders ever to play professional basketball. His rebounding exploits
have drawn comparisons with such legends as Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, and Bill Russell, all of whom were
taller and heavier.
Sports Illustrated once called Rodman “a sort of basketball genius.” A dedicated analyst of the game and a tenacious defender, Rodman led the National Basketball Association (NBA) in rebounding for four consecutive years and helped lead his teams to five NBA championships.
CTO - Portis
Itay started programming at an early age and continued doing so during his military service. Since then he
completed both a BSc and MSc in Computer Science.
During recent years he invested most of his time researching security and UX in blockchain technologies, and in 2018 co-founded Portis - a platform that makes decentralized applications accessible to the average user.
In his spare time, he likes to snowboard, travel and tinkering with new technologies.
Portis - CEO
A lover of all things technological, Tom took apart his first radio at age 5, wrote his
first BASIC program at age 7 and hasn’t looked back since (the radio hasn’t worked since either).
Spent the last decade writing code for fun and profit, and when blockchain hit the scene he was immediately smitten.
After tinkering with the technology for several years, he finally took the plunge and left his cushy programming job to co-found Portis - a platform for making decentralized applications accessible to mainstream users.
Tom is also a maker, frequent traveler and a hardcore movie and TV buff.
Founder & Instructor, B21 Block
Ravinder created products helping people learn about Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Tech!
Created B21 Block, along with awesome co-instructors. B21 Block is an online cryptocurrency & blockchain school teaching a community of 100,000+ students.
Currently based in Valletta, Malta. Originally from West Bromwich, UK.
Founder/CEO - Blockchain Labs
Ismail is ranked among the top 100 most influential Blockchain people
to Rise Global.
He is the Founder and CEO of Blockchain Labs, which specializes in crypto development projects and placement of lead developers for existing DLT projects.
Blockchain Labs has a strong focus on R&D, primarily researching and securing embedded smart contracts and trusted execution environments on the Ethereum, Bitcoin and Corda blockchains.
He is also editor in Chief of ICO Crowds, the first publication for ICO industry. He has also been involved with the development of Smart Cities with his prior work at Smartledger.
He has been Editor in Chief of Bitcoin Entrepreneurs, Co-Founder of CoinViral aad CoinDesk, Director at Sqft Crowd and has held many other positions in innovative spaces.
As a heavy-hitting blockchain expert, Ismail has been involved with a wide variety of crypto projects like Blok, Ink Labs Foundation, echarge.work, ZED, LAToken, ICON, Lydian, Autonio and others.
Co-Founder and CTO of Bee Token
Tony Tran is the co-founder and CTO at Bee Token, a blockchain powered platform that is bringing
cryptocurrency to the home sharing economy (Beenest).
Prior to starting Bee Token, Tony was an Engineering Lead at Uber where he helped lead the development of product features and Machine Learning models to prevent fraud.
He was previously an early Engineer at Bizo (acquired by LinkedIn) where he helped design systems to optimize ad targeting.
A founder of the SF Machine Learning Meetup Group, Tony is passionate about improving lives through tech.
Tony holds an M.S. in Computer Science from U.C. Irvine and a B.S. in Computer Science from UC San Diego.
CEO & President - Cybr Token
Shawn has 20 plus years of experience as a cyber security and information security subject matter expert (SME).
His focus is bringing world class safeguards and countermeasures to the blockchain and crypto community.
Shawn has supported federal critical missions systems for organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DoD), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and many more.
He has received numerous awards and commendations for preventing active shooter attacks, locating missing and exploited children and for locating terrorists who have contributed to bombings.
Mr. Key and CYBR are building state of the art solutions to combat financial theft in the crypto vertical and to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the blockchain.
Founder & CEO Run2Play
He opened a comic book store with his father at the age of 15. AJ's Comics was recently sold after 15 years,
where his mother and father continued to operate it. He further developed his skills in 2D/3D Design, Web
Development, and Commercial Production with Creative Computer Solutions.
He joined United States Air Force as a Mandarin Chinese Linguist. He represented the base of Presidio Monterey as the Volunteer Coordinator. As President of the Chapel Rope Program, he was responsible for online sober activities as well as the Designated Driver Program. He volunteered with Funeral Detail, The Airman Leadership Program, and accumulated over 300 hours of community service in a single year. He was awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Service by then Lt Col. Jonathan Rice.
After the military, he received his Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University and instantly found success in the Advertising industry beginning as a Publisher Developer for two years at Motive Interactive and culminating with Aerserv as the VP of BizDev.
At that point the early stages of Run2Play Inc. began. Taking a consulting job with his previous employer Motive Interactive as the Head of Video, he was able to stay relative in a flexible market while he built his new company's brand and roadmap with his now Co-Founder Chelsey Clime. After a year of R&D it was time to get serious and bring on the rest of the core Run2Play team.
Most recently he has taken a leadership role as the Vice President of the Kahina Pohaku Corporation (Leaning Rock) in order to help restore Fish Ponds and the Hawaiian subsistence values and traditions on the island of Moloka'i.
Head of Business Development - IOTex
Management consultant at Oliver Wyman, specialized in digital operations. Dual B.S. in Finance & Economics, minor in Visual Arts & Design from MIT. Blockchain and IoT enthusiast.
CEO & Co-Founder - Edge
Paul is a proud Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of
technical skills from low-level 3D graphics systems engineering to development of custom web CMS systems, back
before people knew what a CMS was.
He held a lead engineering position with Nvidia and significantly contributed to the design of highly cross platform software architecture enabling code-reuse across multiple ASIC generations and across multiple operating systems. A stickler for proper architecture, he insists on projects being designed from the ground up for maintainability and scalability.
Most recently he applied his organizational skills to owning and operated several non-technical small businesses throughout California. There he implemented solutions to bridge the intersection between people, business, and technology and learned how incredibly important a fluid user experience is to the acceptance, adoption, and functionality of technology.
In his return back to tech in 2013, he is combining the wide range of life experiences and career paths to drive a company that bridges the complex technology of Bitcoin with the simplicity and function needed by the mass consumer and business owner. Being a strong advocate of the positive potential of Bitcoin, he also organizes regular Bitcoin meetup groups and presentations to help educate the general public.
When not converting people to Bitcoin you’ll likely find him climbing a rock in Joshua Tree or at a local climbing gym.
Founder & CEO - Versesio & Cyberlab
Dan has spent over 20 years at the intersection of internet technology and entertainment as an entrepreneur,
inventor and investor. His newest project is VERSES.io.
VERSES.io was incubated at Cyberlab.ai and will launch in Q4, 2018.
Dan's technology interests range from Gaming to Virtual Reality and from Blockchain to Artificial Intelligence. He is a consultant to both startups and large corporations and has made investments in multiple companies where he is often an active advisor or board member.
He is the Founder and CEO of Cyberlab - a Global Deep Tech Lab with offices in California, China and Holland. Cyberlab currently has a focus on IoT, Blockchain, Virtual Reality and AI. He lives in Los Angeles and has lived in Paris, London, Berlin, Osaka and Beijing.
Vice President - Wasserman Media Group
Born in Phoenix AZ, Jimmy spent the majority of his childhood years racing motorcycles from the age of five, and was employed by America Honda from the age of seven.
Jimmy fast-tracked his high school education taking college prep classes including Japanese and Italian languages attending summer school to ensure his ability to become a professional racer at age 16.
At the age of 26, having had a very successful professional career, Jimmy sustained a cervical spine spinal cord injury leaving him a quadriplegic effectively ending his racing career.
Following a successful year of rehab and recovery, Jimmy founded the Road 2 Recovery Foundation to assist injured athletes in their own recoveries, which has now raised & donated more than $8M to injured athletes since its inception.
In late 2001 Jimmy founded Action Sports Management (ASM), an athlete management and marketing agency focusing on motorsports and action sports, which he later sold in 2003 to Wasserman Media Group.
Currently, Jimmy is the Vice President of Action Sports, and Olympics at Wasserman representing several athletes and brands.
Jimmy currently lives in Chandler, AZ, where he is married to his wife Kristi, and has a son Phoenix (7) and daughter Halston (2).
Jimmy spends his downtime by enjoying his family and cycling as well as raising money and awareness for his foundation.
In 2011 Jimmy rode his bicycle 2475 miles from San Diego CA to Daytona FL, to raise money for spinal cord research, and in doing so was able to donate $250,000 to the Reeves Irvine Center for Spinal Cord Research.
Pro Racecar Driver
Collete Davis is a professional racecar driver, stunt driver, entrepreneur and national TV Host. She went to
school at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for Mechanical Engineering and entrepreneurship at 16, and
moved to Silicon Valley at 18 to be mentored by VC Tim Draper at Draper University.
With numerous wins under her belt across multiple forms of racing, she’s now competing in sports cars, drift competitions and is the new driver of the 12,000lb Wonder Woman Monster Jam truck.
In 2017, Collete was the host of ‘Girl Starter’, a competition TV show for female entrepreneurs on TLC. Collete is also one of Microsoft’s “People of Action” where she promotes STEM education and women empowerment internationally with the organization.
Collete is driven to popularize STEM for the masses and share her story with the world to encourage female empowerment in male dominated industries where she constantly tries to challenge the very notion of what a woman can be in today’s world.
Pro Racecar Driver
John Randal "J.R." Hildebrand Jr. is an American race car driver. He currently competes
in the IndyCar Series for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
Hildebrand won the 2009 Indy Lights championship, and is best known for nearly winning the 2011 Indianapolis 500.
Pro Racecar Driver
Jagger Jones, who was born in North Carolina when his father was a fixture in the NASCAR series, is based out
of Scottsdale, Ariz.
He began racing Late Models out West, at Kern County Raceway and Havasu Speedway in Arizona and Irwindale Speedway in California, last season and has won five times so far this season.
Prior to his ascent to Late Models, the young driver started in go-kart at age nine, winning races nationally and in Europe, winning a national championship along the way.
A brief stint in U.S. Legend cars predated his Late Model career.
I was born in Southern California to a South African father and a mother from New York in the very last year of the millennium. Raised on The Carpenters, Green Day, and 80s New Wave, I always looked forward to rides in my mom’s car where she played her “ mixtapes", whether it was on a compilation CD or an ancient iPod. Inspiration struck when my six-year-old self first heard the haunting piano melody in “My Immortal” by Evanescence. I distinctly remember a five hour plane ride that consisted of that one song blasting repeatedly into my ears. So I begged my parents for piano lessons, and after they finally relented, they were then begging me to not practice at five in the morning every day. I did it anyway, and my love for piano just grew stronger.
Life changed when my family bought the game Rockband for Xbox. After mastering the drums to "Dani California” on Expert Mode, I thought I was ready to rock (thank you, Chad Smith). It took a lot more to convince my parents I needed drum lessons, but I managed to wear them down with my obsessive talk and relentless requests. Luckily, at that time we were living on a 2-acre former chicken farm in the middle of nowhere, so the decibel change from piano to drums was irrelevant.
A few months after finding my way around an actual drum kit, my parents realized that I was serious about drumming, so they supported my cause and enrolled me in School of Rock, where I learned how to play and perform with other young musicians. Being one of the youngest only pushed me harder to keep up with the older kids. From Mitch Mitchell's jazz-rock waltz on Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression" to the syncopated groove of Richard Bailey on Jeff Beck’s “Blow by Blow" to the funky feel of Tower of Power’s David Garibaldi, I wanted to learn it all.
During my high school years, I started reading charts in band, and jazz became another component of my musicality. At the same time, I began writing both on piano and guitar, spending hours before, after, and even during school to fulfill my creative desires. Because of my dedication to music and growing following on social media, I graduated early to commit fully to music and the creation of my first album. The decision to perform all of the instrumental and vocal tracks on the recordings stemmed from my desire to learn more about recording and to push myself beyond my own limits.
People ask me "What genre is your music?” With songs in 5/4 and 7/4, chords that you'd normally find in The Real Book next to "Take Five,” and influences like Radiohead, The Police, and Steely Dan, I’m really not sure what box I fit into- I’ll leave that up to you.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Christine Sako spent some harsh winters bundled up indoors with a guitar and a notebook. Learning to play guitar right before the onset of her high school years in 2002, it didn’t take Christine long to figure out the best way to handle teenage angst and heartache was through writing music. Slowly but surely, she started making meager recordings to share with friends and anyone who would listen. This trend continued up through her mid-college years, where and when she began performing at local venues of various sizes to a myriad of audiences. Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Christine Sako spent some harsh winters bundled up indoors with a guitar and a notebook. Learning to play guitar right before the onset of her high school years in 2002, it didn’t take Christine long to figure out the best way to handle teenage angst and heartache was through writing music. Slowly but surely, she started making meager recordings to share with friends and anyone who would listen. This trend continued up through her mid-college years, where and when she began performing at local venues of various sizes to a myriad of audiences. Her latest single, "Suddenly," was released in July of 2018. Be sure to check out this unique blend of electronic, acoustic, and pop! Christine Sako: Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Keys, Bass (anything she doesn’t have to blow into…)
Critically Acclaimed Music Producer/Artist
Born in Memphis, TN, Drumma Boy has music in his DNA. His mother is an opera singer, and
his father is a
music professor as well as a critically acclaimed clarinetist (who was the first African-American man to hold
the 1st chair position in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra).
Drumma Boy has worked with Usher, Kanye West, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Waka Flocka Flame, Drake, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Migos and Plies. He is one of the top producers in the music industry, and is known as 'The Conductor' by his peers. He sits quietly behind smash hits, 'No Hands, 'I Put On', 'Shawty' and many, many more.
When not attending the Grammys and watching his artists scoop up awards and nominations, Drumma can be found thinking, creating and innovating in his laboratory (aka his music studio).
But don't let him fool you. Even though most know him as the man who invented 'Dabbing', he has a deep understanding of cryptocurrency and he's every bit the computer geek. The very first thing he pointed out when visiting the XYO offices and seeing an old computer in our lobby, was his very first computer model, the Commodore 64.
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Burruss is a 25-year veteran of the trucking industry. He served as president of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) for 10 years; the only national trade association exclusively serving the truckload segment of the trucking industry.
Prior to that he held positions as president & CEO of the Tennessee Trucking Association and vice president of the Missouri Trucking Association.
During his career, he has worked with trucking companies of all sizes; from small carriers to Fortune 500 companies. In addition he has worked closely with the vast vendor community that serves the trucking industry.
Chris has lobbied on behalf of trucking at the local, state and national levels. He has also worked closely with state and federal agencies on trucking-related matters.
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