Co-Founder of Skype to Speak in Batumi in October

Co-Founder of Skype to Speak in Batumi in October

Co-Founder of Skype to Speak in Batumi in October

Jonas Kjellberg, author of ‘Gear Up’ and co-founder of Skype, will speak at Alt Convention in Batumi on October 9, 2015. Jonas is an avid investor and coaches entrepreneurs. He was the founder of Player.io, which he sold to Yahoo, chairman of the board of iCloud, sold to Apple, and co-founder of Skype, sold to Microsoft. Jonas is a much appreciated lecturer at Stanford University and Stockholm School of Economics.

Alt Convention, a three-day business, finance, and technology conference focusing on Blockchain innovation will be held from October 8-10, 2015, in the beautiful resort city of Batumi, Georgia. An international array of over 400 entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors have confirmed attendance. A primary theme will be the development of technological education, training, and employment opportunities in Eastern Europe.

The organizers of the event have confirmed attendance from official delegates of Singapore, Isle of Man, Liberland, and Ukraine, along with representatives of the Ukraine National Securities and Stock Market Commission and Board of National Depository of Ukraine. Invitations have been extended to other regional government, finance, and banking representatives, including Georgia. At this time, the organizers of the event do not have any confirmation of attendance or representation of the Georgian government, banking, or education system.

“We chose Georgia as the location for Alt Convention because of the current business climate and geographical proximity to Europe, Middle East, and Asia. We feel there is tremendous opportunity for technological education and employment growth here. We truly hope representatives of Georgia will attend to help us explore investment and growth opportunities in Georgia,” stated David Ruebush, CEO of Alt Convention.

Geared toward business owners, innovators, entrepreneurs, developers, government officials, venture capitalists, and anyone else with an interest in new financial technologies, the event will feature hands-on workshops, keynote speakers, round-table discussions, expert panels, an exhibit hall, networking events, and a technology job fair. Legal, financial, and technical professionals and university students may also qualify for Digital Currency Council certification and continuing education (CE) credits.

Updates and further information will be posted on the AltConvention.com website. For media and partnership inquiries, please contact David Ruebush at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +995 555 23 70 16 or visit http://altconvention.com/contact-us/.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas M. Antonopoulos 
@Aantonop

 

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. As an engaging public speaker, teacher and writer, Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. As an advisor, he helps startups recognize, evaluate, and navigate security and business risks. 
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Andreas Fletcher

Andreas Fletcher 
Eurex Innovation Office

 

Financial markets interest me greatly. The business areas involving trading, clearing, settlement and custody are of particular interest. Since 2012 I have also been very committed to studying how cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain technology can improve the exchanges. Finding ways to connect the standard financial market with the emerging blockchain technology is a great challenge which I enjoy working on every day. I do consultant work on this topic and am happy to share my knowledge and get into conversations with other people that have this same interest.

 

 

 


Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett 
@Tybennett

 

When Ty was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team’s focus to grow sales. He has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries. In his talks, Ty uses the power of influence and storytelling to provide audiences with tangible techniques that will increase their influence and their impact as leaders and as salespeople. 
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Dragos Birsan

Dragos Birsan 
@Dragosb25

 

Founding member Fundatia Bitcoin Romania 
Co-founder/C.E.O Coinfetti

Dragos Birsan is a Bitcoin/crypto enthusiast. He started as a miner, followed as a trader and Bitcoin consultant. He was a trader at ADVMiner a start-up that offered altcoin mining services. His main focus is to help the Bitcoin adoption and push everyday usage of Bitcoin.

“We are passed the point when arguing if Bitcoin will change the world, now we have to find a good way” – Dragos

 

 

 


Reuben Bramanathan

Reuben Bramanathan 
@Bramanathan

 

Reuben is a digital currency lawyer with Adroit Lawyers in Sydney. He advises a number of Bitcoin businesses about Australian tax and legal compliance, and is regarded as one of Australia’s leading Bitcoin lawyers. Reuben regularly delivers presentations about the legal challenges of blockchain technology to accountants, lawyers, bankers and other professionals. He has presented at Bitcoin conferences in Australia and internationally, and has been involved in consultation with the Australian Taxation Office and Treasury about the development of the Australian tax treatment for Bitcoin. Aside from Bitcoin, Reuben’s expertise also includes dealing with general legal and tax issues for startups and small businesses.

 

 

 


Steve Cadigan

Steve Cadigan 
@Scadigan

 

Founder – Cadigan Talent Ventures

Steve is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest properties when it comes to people, talent and culture.

As Founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, a Silicon Valley-based talent strategies advisory firm, Steve helps organizations worldwide develop winning talent solutions. His specialties include assisting high growth companies with change management, acquisition integration, converting culture into a strategic advantage, leading and scaling in hyper-growth, and assisting organizations through IPO transitions. 
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Robby Dermody

Robby is one of the co-founders of Counterparty, a preeminent “Bitcoin 2.0″ platform, and is the President of Symbiont.io, a fintech startup which intends to apply blockchain technology to address specific structural issues in the mainstream financial markets.

Robby has over 18 years of professional experience in the technology field, spanning software design and development, systems administration, and entrepreneurship. He has architected and created software that is in use, or sold by organizations such as Cisco, Nestle Waters, Samsung, Esurance, and the US FAA. Beyond Counterparty and Symbiont, he owns a 20+ person technology company, and has extensive experience in marketing, pitching, closing, and then delivering $250K-$2MM+ enterprise-class engagements.

 

 

 


Simon Dixon

Simon Dixon 
@Simondixontwitt

 

BNKToTheFuture.com

Simon Dixon is the CEO & co-founder of BnkToTheFuture.com, Fund Manager of Bitcoin Capital & author of the book ‘Bank to the Future’. An ex-director of the UK Digital Currency Association & UK CrowdFunding Association, who regularly speaks on the future of finance to governments, businesses, investors and financial institutions. An ex-investment banker that left corporate in 2006 to launch his first business, angel funded by billionaire Peter Hargreaves and advocate of CrowdFunding since raising finance for BnkToTheFuture.com through Equity CrowdFunding on it’s own platform. You will find Simon regularly quoted & appearing in much of the major press & media including BBC, FT, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal to mention a few.

 

 

 


Rick Falkvinge

Rick Falkvinge 
@Falkvinge

 

Founder – Swedish Pirate Party

Rick Falkvinge is the founder of the Swedish and first Pirate Party, which has representation in the European parliament and has spawned Pirate Parties in more than 60 other countries. Rick Falkvinge is the founder of the first Pirate Party, and a political evangelist for its ideas of freedoms of speech and expression. In particular, he stresses how industrial interests of the 1900s are fighting the net’s core values, the ability for everybody to publish their ideas and creations, and how these industries drive us towards a Big Brother society. 
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Stacy Herbert

Stacy Herbert 
@Stacyherbert

 

StartJOIN.com

VP of content at StartJOIN and StartCOIN. She co-hosts, writes and produces The Keiser Report on RT. Stacy is one of the earliest adopters and advocates of Bitcoin and was the force behind the creation of the top-40 crypto currency MaxCoin. Her media roots go back to Los Angeles where she worked developing scripts for Michael Phillips. More recently she has worked as a writer and producer for BBC and Channel X in London.

 

 

 


Charles Hoskinson

Charles Hoskinson 
@IOHK_Charles

 

Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado at Boulder to study Number Theory and Mathematical Logic prior to moving into cryptography via industry exposure. 
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Siân Jones

Siân Jones 
@COINSULT

 

Founder, EDCAB

Siân is a regulatory compliance consultant at COINsult, focused on digital currencies and consensus-based technologies. She advises fintech startups on regulatory, tax and jurisdictional strategy and helps established businesses evaluate cryptocurrencies and blockchain, decentralised and distributed technologies. 
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Max Keiser

Max Keiser 
@Maxkeiser

 

The Keiser Report

CEO & co-founder of StartCOIN Holdings. He is one of the world’s most vocal advocates, early adopter, and investor in Bitcoin, Bitcoin startups such as BitPay, Crypto and Crypto startups. He is the co-founder of Bitcoin Capital. The Keiser Report airs to millions on RT, providing world class financial news and analysis and was the first major media outlet to cover bitcoin and crypto currencies. He founded the first patented prediction market, the Hollywood Stock Exchange, invented the first patented virtual market-making technology and currency.

 

 

 


Jonas Kjellberg

Jonas Kjellberg 
Co-Creator Of Skype

Author & Co-Founder, Gear Up Ventures

Jonas Kjellberg, one of the creators of SKYPE, is a much-appreciated lecturer at Stanford University and Stockholm School of Economics where he lectures on entrepreneurship and how to create a winning sales culture. He is also one of the authors of the book, Gear up, written together with Harvard and Stanford professors. Jonas has a MBA from Uppsala University and an engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 
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Pavel Kravchenko, PhD

Pavel Kravchenko, PhD 
@Kravchenkopo

 

Chief Cryptographer at Tembusu Systems

Pavel has a Ph.D. in information security and has worked as an engineer on public key infrastructures for the banking industry and government. In 2014 joined Stellar Development Foundation and worked there as a cryptographer. In Tembusu Pavel is working on a technology that preserves privacy of users but makes infrastructure compliant with law. Pavel is passionate about educating people about cryptocurrencies – he created an academic course and already held it in 4 universities. He also founded a research lab that is dedicated to resolving scientific problems of cryptocurrency industry.

 

 

 


Adam Krellenstein
 

Adam is a co-founder of Counterparty and Symbiont.io and the chief architect of the Counterparty Protocol. He serves as Chief Scientist to the Counterparty Foundation and is one of its Founding Directors. Adam studied mathematics and physics at university, researching non-minimally coupled inflation and the thermodynamics of Kaluza-Klein black holes.

 

 

 


Professor David Lee

Professor David Lee

Director, Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics
Director, Global Master of Finance
Vice President, the Economic Society of Singapore
Founder, Ferrell Asset Management

 

David Lee founded Ferrell Asset Management in 1999 and is currently the Executive/Academic Director of Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics. He holds the appointment of Practice Professor of Quantitative Finance, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, in Singapore Management University. He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a PhD in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics. 
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Uri Levine

Uri Levine 
Co-Creator Of Waze

Uri Levine is a passionate serial entrepreneur and mentor to young entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder of Waze, one of the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation apps, which was acquired by Google on June 2013 for for the outstanding sum of $1.1 billion. 
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Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin 
@Sboonemartin

 

Sarah Martin is the Vice President of the Digital Currency Council, the leading professional organization for executives in the digital currency industry. She is also the founder and CEO of Boone Martin, a public affairs firm dedicated to advancing bitcoin and blockchain technology. Sarah writes regularly about digital currency and has published in VentureBeat, American Banker, CoinDesk, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She has also spoken at Cornell University, NASDAQ, Inside Bitcoins, Virtual Currency Today, and Digital Finance 2015. Last March, Sarah launched the first Bitcoin Women’s Day in partnership with BitPay, ChangeTip, and the Bitcoin Foundation. She was also named one of SWIFT/Innotribe’s “Power Women in FinTech” this year. Previously, Sarah worked for the UN, US Dept of State, USAID, and Princeton University. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University and holds an MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

 

 

 


Jon Matonis

Jon Matonis
@JonMatonis

 

Founding Board Director of Bitcoin Foundation, Former CEO of Hushmail and Chief Forex Dealer at VISA

An e-Money researcher and economist focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Jon advises startups in Bitcoin, iGaming, mobile and prepaid. A columnist to Forbes Magazine and CoinDesk, Jon is also Editor of The Monetary Future, a leading economics blog at the intersection of free banking, cryptography, and digital currency. Previously CEO of Hushmail and Chief Forex Dealer at VISA, Jon has also held senior posts at Sumitomo Bank and VeriSign. 
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Masha McConaghy

Masha McConaghy 

 

Co-founder Ascribe.io

Masha (Maria) McConaghy is a professional curator and researcher. She has a Museology Degree from Louvre School in Paris, and a PhD in Arts from Sorbonne University, Paris. Her PhD explored the often-surprising relation between art and commerce over the centuries. She assistant curated at the Louvre Museum, and at the Museum of Jewish Art and History, both in Paris. She was associate director for Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver. She is co-founder of ascribe, which has developed technology to enable provenance for digital art. Throughout her career, she has curated & organized critically-acclaimed independent exhibitions in Paris, Vancouver, and Berlin. She has deep knowledge of the international art scene, museums and gallery functions.

 

 

 


Trent McConaghy

Trent McConaghy 
@Trentmc0

 

Co-founder/CTO Ascribe.io

Trent McConaghy is an AI researcher and entrepreneur with long term vision. He is co-founder & CTO of ascribe, which is rewiring the internet for ownership on behalf of creators, using large-scale machine learning and blockchain tech. Before that, he co-founded Solido, which uses AI for developing next-gen computer chips and has become a linchpin in driving Moore’s Law. Before that, he co-founded ADA for AI-based chip design; it was acquired in 2004. Trent has written two books and 50 papers+patents. His award-winning PhD explored the relation between automated creativity and engineering design practice. He has given keynotes & invited talks at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley, JPL, Nvidia, Data Science Day, PyData, Design Automation Conference, and more. Trent was raised on a pig farm in Canada, hacking away on cold winter nights.

 

 

 


Greg McMullen

Greg McMullen 
@Gmcmullen

 

Greg McMullen is Chief Policy Officer for ascribe.io. He is called to the bar in British Columbia, Canada, and spent 5 years as a litigator with one of Canada’s top class action law firms before joining ascribe. In his legal practice, Greg combined his interest in technology, privacy, and intellectual property law with his class proceedings practice. He worked on class action lawsuits against Facebook and the Government of Canada alleging privacy violations, and against Teranet (the private company managing the Ontario land registry) alleging copyright infringement. Greg is a member of the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, the largest and most active civil liberties organization in Canada, and the author of the BCCLA’s handbook on laptop and smartphone searches at the Canadian border.

 

 

 


Michael Mellinghoff

Michael Mellinghoff 
@Mellinghoff

 

Michael is a seasoned investment professional with over 15 years of experience, spanning both the traditional banking and fintech world . Michael’s career covers a 10 years span in traditional banking, where he held a variety of managerial positions in asset management and investment banking in Germany and abroad, including management board and supervisory board appointments in Commerzbank Asset Management and DZ Bank Group. Since 2010, Michael has been working in the Fintech area, including a 3+ years experience as Managing Director with German Fintech pioneer sharewise.com, a stock centric community for individual investors, where he has gained vast experience in running a startup. Michael’s experience gives him unique insights into the financial markets scene and ability to scout new trends in the financial sector. Since the tradesale of sharewise to an Asian market leader in social investment he has been active in the UK and German Fintech scene, advising founders and startups as well as acting as Senior Advisor and mentor with FinTechForum in Frankfurt and Level39, one of London’s most recognized Fintech accelerators. In May 2015 he joint Techfluence as a Managing Director. Focus of interest are Fintech startups in the digital investment and crypto sector.

 

 

 


Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan 
@Pamelawjd

 

Pamela is an entrepreneur, attorney and educator who has spent most of her career working in and advising small businesses. As a founding member of Empowered Law PLLC, she is a widely respected authority in the use of multisignature for corporate governance and consumer protection. Her practice focuses on digital currencies and legal innovation using technology to reduce risk and uncertainty in business and legal settings. As a founder and CEO of Third Key Solutions, she now spends much of her time working with bitcoin companies to implement multisignature, key management, cold storage, and recovery solutions. 

 

 

 


Tatiana Moroz

Tatiana Moroz 
@Queentatiana

 

Tatiana Moroz is a singer songwriter, activist and entrepreneur. As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Tatiana began spreading the word about cryptocurrencies through music and presentations at various Bitcoin conferences around the world including Bitcoin South in New Zealand, the Latin American Bitcoin Conference, Bitcoin in the Beltway, Coins in the Kingdom, the Libertarian National Convention, Inside Bitcoins, and many more. She created Tatiana Coin, the first-ever cryptocurrency project designed to support artists. Tatiana is the CEO and founder of CryptoMediaHub, a PR, advertising, and marketing company focusing on digital currencies. Tatiana is also owner of the activist talent and event agency Same Side Entertainment and the founder of the Women’s Crypto Association.

 

 

 


Junior Ogunyemi

Junior Ogunyemi
@Juniorogunyemi

 

Junior coaches and inspires people to become successful entrepreneurs. Whilst at university, He was making headlines for launching many successful ventures and became a multi-award winning business starlet. Due to the remarkable social impact of his success story, a publishing company approached Junior to write a book. At age 21 he became the best-selling author of the highly influential book, “How to be a Student Entrepreneur”.

He has worked on government initiatives and advised schools and colleges. His dynamic inspirational messages have helped to pioneer the current “student-entrepreneur” buzz across the UK and Europe. Through his online resources he is now showing people across the globe, simple practical strategies so they can make it happen for themselves. Now he travels, speaking to audiences and transforming the lives of others by teaching people how to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and maximise their potential.

 

 

 


Elizabeth T. Ploshay

Elizabeth T. Ploshay
@Etploshay

 

BitPay and the Bitcoin Foundation

Elizabeth serves as Account Manager for BitPay, Bitcoin’s lead payment processor where she focuses on bringing charities, political candidates, non-profits, and educational institutions into the Bitcoin ecosystem. Elizabeth also serves as an elected member of the Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors as Secretary of the Board and serves on the Board of Code to Inspire, a newly formed non profit focusing on digital literacy through digital currency for women in Afghanistan. Elizabeth is an advisor to the BitGive Foundation, the first Bitcoin 501c3. Prior to joining the BitPay Team, Elizabeth served as Director of Operations and Outreach for Bitcoin Magazine, the first international print publication dedicated to all things Bitcoin. Having previously served as the Scheduler and Policy Assistant for a US Member of Congress, she has a background in public policy, grassroots activism, and a keen desire to promote decentralization and individual liberties. Elizabeth is fascinated with Bitcoin and the multiple opportunities for this peer to peer disruptive technology and movement to empower individuals around the world. Since getting involved in Bitcoin, Elizabeth views the cryptocurrency realm as a gateway to empower individuals around the world and provide an opportunity for long term financial success for the unbanked population. Elizabeth holds a BA in Political Science from Wheaton College (IL).

 

 

 


Amor Sexton

Amor Sexton 
@AmorSexton

 

Amor is Australia’s first digital currency lawyer. She has hands-on experience advising businesses that are commercialising bitcoin and blockchain technology. She has also advised the Bitcoin industry groups on regulatory issues and has liaised with policy makers and regulators to get a clearer understanding of how the existing legal framework applies to bitcoin. 
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Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof

Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof

 

BITNATION Founder and CEO: Susanne is an international entrepreneur, tech investor, and writer. She has worked in Sweden, France, Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, United States, Libya, Egypt, Ghana and Indonesia in the past.

In 2008 she started Wise Strategic Communication in Afghanistan, which conducts research on local perceptions on governance, on behalf of government clients. She sold Wise in February 2011 to a US contracting firm. In the wake of the Arab Spring, in 2011 she started Shabakat Corporation in Egypt and Libya to support local grassroots movements throughout the civil war. 
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Lilia Vershinina

Lilia Vershinina 
@Lilechkafleur

 

Head of Banking Relations at Kraken

Lilia Vershinina is a head of banking relations at Kraken Bitcoin exchange, actively involved in recent development of cryptocurrency technologies and their applications in FinTech. She has held various business development and managerial positions in IT industry, with background in sales and public relations. Previously Lilia served as a VP Business development at Videal and Head of development center at Service2Media. Since 2014 she is an advisor at Bitalo AG in terms of strategy and marketing.

 

 

 


Evan Wagner

Evan is one of the founders of Counterparty, co-founder and the Managing Director of Symbiont.io. Outside of a background with retail and cryptocurrency investment, Evan studied mathematics, linguistics and philosophy in university. He was drawn to cryptocurrencies for their enormous potential to disrupt the way business and finance have traditionally been conducted.

Evan contributed to the original protocol design for Counterparty, and focuses on day-to-day operations, financial use-case design, and project documentation at Counterparty and Symbiont.

 

 

 


Micah Winkelspecht

Micah Winkelspecht 
@Winkelspecht

 

CEO and Founder Gem.co

Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO and Founder of Gem, a simple and secure platform for blockchain developers. Gem’s mission is to empower individuals to be in control of their digital assets, starting with bitcoin. An active Bitcoin community organizer and thought leader, Micah regularly speaks, moderates, and hosts at Bitcoin and startup events, and is co-organizer of the Los Angeles Bitcoin meetup group of over 1,000 members. Micah is also a significant contributor to the Bitcoin developer community as the author of MoneyTree, a popular open-source library used to create Bitcoin wallets and the first Ruby implementation of a Bitcoin HD wallet. Prior to his contributions to the Bitcoin world, Micah spent 10+ years developing software for companies including AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose.

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