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About Plug and Play Bitcoin

Plug and Play Bitcoin provides seed-funding, mentorship and acceleration to startups and first-time entrepreneurs to help them bring to market the next disruptive solution for the growing worldwide economy. Our global network of advisors & mentors help startups further their product development & prepare them to present to Silicon Valley's top investors.

 

Strategic Partners


With mentors from Perkins Coie, Lightspeed Ventures, Social + Capital Partnership, Emergence CapitalCharles River Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Circle, Xapo, BTC China, GoCoin, BitAngels, The Bitcoin Foundation, and many more, startups learn from the best there is available in the ecosystem.

 

Technology Focus Areas


  • Remittance
  • Storage
  • Payment Security
  • Financial Analysis & Management
  • Identity & Compliance
  • Insurance Services
  • Lending

 

Startup Benefits


The 12-week startup accelerator program includes the following:

  • Office & Co-working Space
  • Weekly mentoring sessions
  • $25,000 in funding
  • Access to Plug and Play's community
  • Deal-flow
  • Executives-in-Residence
  • University Workshop
  • Corporate interaction
  • Pitch polishing

 

Plus...

  • $10,000 in AWS credits valid for 2 years
  • Free access to the AWS Essentials 1 day web-based or instructor-led training (normally ~$600/course), plus 8 tokens for self-paced labs (normally ~$30/lab)
  • One year of premium AWS Business Support (up to $5,000)
  • Free access to 1:1 virtual office hours with AWS solutions architects
  • Deal-flow
  • Special offers from other companies that help startups, including Chef, Bitnami, Amazon Payments, SOASTA, Podio, CopperEgg and more.

 

Next Batch

 


Application Deadline: 11:59PM Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Finalist Pitch: Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Program Begins: Monday, October 6th, 2014

Join us today and apply now!

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Mentors

Ben Davenport

Co-Founder of Beluga

Beluga

David Chen

Venture Investor

Lightspeed Ventur...

Edward Yip

Senior Associate

Norwest Venture P...

Rik Willard

Founder & CEO

MintCombine

Patrick Murck

General Counsel

The Bitcoin Found...

Petar Nedyalkov

Venture Capitalist

VoiVoda Ventures

Andreas Antonopoulos

Chief Security Officer

Blockchain.info

Juan Llanos

Co-Founder, EVP & Compliance...

Unidos Financial...

Jinyoung Lee Englund

Director of Public Affairs

The Bitcoin Found...

Jean-Jacques ("J") Cabou

Partner

Perkins Coie LLP

Jacob Farber

Senior Counsel

Perkins Coie LLP

Peter Dougherty

Angel Investor

Bobby Lee

Co-Founder & CEO

BTC China

Andy Beal

Associate Attorney

Crowley Corporate...

Joe Robinson

VP of Product

Circle Internet F...

Santi Subotovsky

Principal

Emergence Capital...

Brian Klein

Partner

Baker Marquart

Chris Haroun

Partner

Artis Ventures

Steve Kirsch

Founder & CTO

OneID

Brock Pierce

Angel Investor

Xfire, BitAngels

Michael Yang

Founder & CEO

MySimon, Become.c...

Wences Casares

Founder

Patagon.com, Tren...

Michael Terpin

Founder & CEO

SocialRadius, Bit...

Roger Ver

Founder & CEO

MemoryDealers.com...

Ryan Gembala

Corporate Development

Facebook

Jake Zeller

Bitcoin Entrepreneur

NewCo

Terrence Yang

Founder

Yang Ventures

Malcolm CasSelle

CEO

Timeline Labs

Atish Babu

Partner & Founder

Omnivore Capital

David Johnston

Managing Director

BitAngels

Pamir Gelenbe

Venture Partner

Hummingbird Ventu...

Steve Beauregard

Founder & CEO

GoCoin

Adrian Fenty

Business Development Manager

Perkins Coie LLP

Andy Artz

Investor

The Social+Capita...

Bill Tai

Venture Capitalist

Charles River Ven...

Alyse Killeen

Venture Capitalist

Clearstone Ventur...

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Scott Robinson

Marketing Director & Bitcoin...

Portfolio

37Coins

CryptoTrustPoint

Holy Transaction

Purse.IO

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Plug and Play Bitcoin

Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA is very excited to embrace Bitcoin. We are building an entire Bitcoin ecosystem and would love for those interested to participate.

Posted by Andrew Greenstein | Feb 20, 2014

 
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Lamassu Bitcoin ATM Live at Plug and Play Tech Center

One of the rare Lamassu Bitcion ATM's was demonstrated live on Tuesday, January 7th, at the Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup at Plug and Play Tech Center.

Posted by Andrew Greenstein | Feb 20, 2014

 
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Roger Ver - Bitcoin Jesus at Plug and Play

Roger Ver came by Plug and Play Tech Center for the Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup on October 1st, 2013.

Posted by Andrew Greenstein | Feb 20, 2014

 
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Andreas Antonopoulos: Plug and Play Bitcoin Mentor

Andreas Antonopoulos stopped by on Monday, March 31st, for an exclusive mentoring session with Plug and Play's Bitcoin startups. With individual breakout sessions, Andreas helped road-map security features, development structures and other incredibl

Posted by Andrew Greenstein | Apr 03, 2014

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Terms and Conditions of Program:


You agree, on behalf of yourself, and/or the company you represent that is participating in the Program as follows:

Please note that your submissions of materials, content or information may be similar to other participants’ submissions, or other products or projects that Corporate Sponsors may be developing. You agree that you will not disclose to Plug and Play or the Corporate Sponsors anything that you expect to be confidential or proprietary to you or your firm. If you want to disclose any proprietary or confidential information, you must contact Plug and Play to determine whether Plug and Play or Corporate Sponsors are willing to sign a separate Non-Disclosure Agreement covering these specific communications. However, Plug and Play and the Corporate Sponsors agree that they shall not use code from your pre-existing software applications that you demo for Plug and Play or the Corporate Sponsors as part of the Program. Given that you agree to not disclose to Plug & Play and the Corporate Sponsors any confidential or proprietary information, you acknowledge that Plug and Play and the Corporate Sponsors may use or disclose your submission or other materials or content you provide in connection with the Program, and the related ideas, concepts or information in them, in any manner, and you waive any claims against Plug and Play and the Program Sponsors for such use or disclosure. You also agree that you will not provide Plug and Play or the Corporate Sponsors with any content or materials as part of your submission or otherwise as part of the Program that violates or infringes upon any third party intellectual property right.

Please also note that your submission does not guarantee your entry into the program, and no commitment is made by either Plug and Play or the Corporate Sponsors to provide capital or engage in any commercial discussions or transactions with you or your firm. Neither Plug and Play nor the Corporate Sponsors make any representations or warranties regarding the Program, or accept any liability for any claims or losses related to the Program. Each Corporate Sponsor is a third party beneficiary to this agreement.

You hereby grant the Corporate Sponsors and Plug & Play the right to use your submission, name, photograph or other likeness (including photographs and video taken at Program Events), along with your company’s name, image, and trademark in connection with administering the Program, and marketing and promoting the Program and Corporate Sponsor’s sponsorship thereof, without further notification, permission, or payment.

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Ben Davenport

Co-Founder of Beluga

Beluga

Technical advice, help with product design & scaling, introductions. I have connections to a lot of people in the Bitcoin world.

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David Chen

Venture Investor

Lightspeed Venture Partners

David focuses primarily on investments in the mobile, Internet, and software sectors.

Before joining Lightspeed, David was a product manager on the Facebook growth team.  Previously, he was co-founder and VP Product of Triangulate, a venture-backed startup using social media behaviors to drive algorithmic matching.  Prior to Triangulate, David served in product management and engineering roles for Admob and Digital Chocolate. In addition, he worked at McKinsey on strategic engagements with technology companies.

David received his Ph.D. in Science, Technology, and Management from Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and his M.S. and B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard.

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Edward Yip

Senior Associate

Norwest Venture Partners

Ed focuses on early to late stage venture investments across a wide range of sectors at NVP, with an emphasis on consumer Internet.

Most recently, Ed was co-founder and COO of Spree Network Inc., a San Francisco-based internet collective-purchasing company.  Prior to Spree Network, Ed spent four years with the Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory Group at Evercore Partners in New York and London.  In this role, Ed executed and analyzed mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and leveraged buyout opportunities in technology, media and telecom sectors.

Ed obtained bachelor of arts degrees in both economics and environmental studies from Dartmouth College.

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Rik Willard

Founder & CEO

MintCombine

Co-Founder and CEO of MintCombine, a Global Virtual Incubator and Product Lab focused on Cryptocurrency companies worldwide, and headquartered in New York City.

A Transmedia Professional and Digital StartUp Facilitator with over 20 years experience in advanced B2B and B2C in Digital Media and Luxury sectors. Major strengths include identifying, managing, incubating and facilitating funding for early-stage concepts. 

An acknowledged pioneer in location-based and engagement media including DOOH and large-public screen projects, branded content, CMS, mobile and social media with clients and productions including: MGM Resorts, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Lucent Technologies, Dictaphone, The World-Famous Apollo Theater, Couture designers (including Chado Ralph Rucci, Oscar de LaRenta and Kevan Hall), The French Ready-to-Wear Association (Pret-a-Porter) and others.

Featured speaker for live appearances and on national television (from the Harvard Business School to CNN) concerning entrepreneurship and digital matters. Current Moderator for the ON:21 Vision Series exploring digital interconnectedness, entrepreneurship and financing within the emerging Cryptocurrency movement.

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Patrick Murck

General Counsel

The Bitcoin Foundation

Making the world safe for Bitcoin, one client at a time.

Specialties:Bitcoin, Gamification, Business Development, Telecom Media and Technology Law, Trademarks, Copyright, Intellectual Property

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Petar Nedyalkov

Venture Capitalist

VoiVoda Ventures

Petar built a very successful track record at NEVEQ, where he was member of the founding team and closed 4 of the investments of the fund, comprising more than 60% of the assets under management. His areas of focus include enterprise software, semantic technology, consumer internet, mobile technology, data centers, and financial technology, and payment systems. Before starting NEVEQ, Petar was a successful CTO and led the product development of Reality Invent, a French start-up company developing digital signage solutions. Between 2000 and 2004 he worked at Orbitel, the biggest alternative telecom in Bulgaria at the time, where he managed the hosting and virtualization systems of the company, worked on the development of the billing systems, and also consulted key clients of the company. Petar started his career in software development for the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He's an active member of Mensa International and has an IQ of 176.

Specialties: Venture capital, Start-ups, Entrepreneurship, M&A, Strategic Planning, Due Diligence, Portfolio Management, Software Development

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Andreas Antonopoulos

Chief Security Officer

Blockchain.info

For the past 22 years, Andreas has advised hundreds of organizations on emerging technologies and trends, and developed business strategies for the efficient and effective use of technology. An early pioneer who saw the potential of the Internet in 1988, Andreas helped many businesses harness new processes to take advantage of the rapid developments in open source, open standards and open networks. 

In 1990, Andreas started teaching on various IT topics in private, professional and academic environments. Andreas honed his speaking skills in front of audiences ranging in size from five executives in a boardroom to thousands of people in large conferences. With more than three hundred speaking engagements under his belt he is considered a world-class and charismatic public speaker and teacher. 

Andreas is a generalist who is well-versed in many diverse technology subjects. With experience ranging from hardware and electronics to high level business consulting, he combines authority and deep knowledge with an ability to make complex subjects easy to understand. He often brings a fresh perspective to a topic with surprising insights and his ability to identify underlying principles and connections between different topics. More than 175 of his articles have been published in print and syndicated worldwide.

As an entrepreneur, Andreas has launched five companies, with great success as well as some important lessons. Some of those companies still flourish today.

Andreas is also an early pioneer in the open source software space. Starting with 386BSD in 1991 and then Linux in 1992 (version 0.95), he participated in the launch of the open-source phenomenon into mainstream use. He has contributed code to and project managed a number of open source projects.

Andreas is active in many important social causes and organizations using technology to promote free speech, open and transparent networks, open governments, social justice, human rights and citizen empowerment.

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Juan Llanos

Co-Founder, EVP & Compliance Officer

Unidos Financial Services, Inc.

Specialize in the discovery and application of management, risk and business intelligence best practices, and the search for synergies and efficiencies between compliance and operational performance. Assist organizations in developing innovative management and technology mechanisms to ensure the successful execution, measurement, and sustainability of their operations.

Strong research, management, leadership and strategy execution skills. Focus on strategic, functional and organizational alignment as keys to building and sustaining high-impact systems and cultures.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2003. With over 12 years’ experience of building and managing AML and regulatory compliance programs for multiple international jurisdictions, including Canada, Italy, the United States and Spain, have been recognized as a pioneer in the development of compliance, operational and risk management best practices for the money remittance industry.

In August of 2008, was granted permanent resident status by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services by reason of extraordinary ability in the fields of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism.

Specialties: Anti-Money Laundering and compliance operations, systems and tools
Bitcoin & crypto-currencies
Business intelligence, predictive analytics and data mining
Business process engineering and management
Customer Relationship Management and service design
Data design and management
Emerging applied technologies (cloud computing)
Enterprise Risk Management
Prepaid cards, mobile and electronic payments
Organizational design and development
Strategic business development
UX/UI Design

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Jinyoung Lee Englund

Director of Public Affairs

The Bitcoin Foundation

Mrs. Jinyoung Lee Englund serves as Director of Public Affairs for the Bitcoin Foundation where she leads the education and communications efforts.

Prior to joining the Bitcoin Foundation, Mrs. Englund served in various capacities at CoinLab, a Bitcoin business incubator.  Her experience with Bitcoin ranges from project management for a mining subsidiary, business development for an exchange, and communications and marketing for the parent company.

Mrs. Englund served four years in public policy and politics, directing day-to-day operations for the then Vice-Chair of the House Republican Conference, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) in her DC Congressional office and the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor at the Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational think tank that promotes free enterprise, individual freedom, limited government, traditional values and a strong national defense. Most recently, she served on the Romney/Ryan Presidential Transition Team during the 2012 presidential election. Additionally, she served with a nationally recognized U.S. Senate race.

Before entering public service, Mrs. Englund served with an international development nonprofit that cares for orphaned children, provides job skills training, builds schools and provides medical services in Mozambique.

In addition to Mozambique, Mrs. Englund has lived in Seoul, South Korea and Stuttgart, Germany. She is well traveled, having spent time either serving the poor, studying or visiting in Punjab, India; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Johannesburg, South Africa; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; London, England and Shanghai, China. Her experiences abroad have made her keenly aware of how Bitcoin’s unique qualities create opportunities for online commerce, financial inclusion of the global south, and a remittance lifeline to diaspora communities.

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Jean-Jacques ("J") Cabou

Partner

Perkins Coie LLP

J Cabou is a litigator and a partner in the firm’s White Collar & Investigations practice. At both the trial and appellate level, J’s principal focus is on defending individuals and corporate entities against criminal and other government investigations, including in civil enforcement proceedings. J has particular experience in white collar matters and is a recognized authority on both state and federal civil forfeiture, seizure, and racketeering laws. 

As an experienced commercial litigator, J continues to represent clients in certain complex civil litigation matters, especially where parallel criminal or regulatory enforcement action is present or threatened. 

J has served as lead counsel for clients in matters before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, and United States District Court, as well as Arizona’s trial, appellate and Supreme Courts. 

J represents entities across industry sectors, including virtual currency, money transfer, gaming, wholesale pharmaceuticals, legal services, and music and entertainment promotion. J’s individual clients include executives in these and other industries, as well as public officials and other prominent individuals.

In 2012, J co-founded Perkins Coie’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Supply Chain Compliance (CSR) practice. The CSR team counsels clients from numerous industries on integrating the expanding mandates of laws, such as the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act andSection 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, into their compliance programs. J and the CSR team also assist clients in investigating and mitigating compliance risks in related areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act

J is also a member of the firm's Arts, Entertainment and Sports industry group. J is among a small group of lawyers nationwide who have advised athletes and team staff in matters involving eligibility for collegiate or Olympic teams and has represented athletes in investigations and arbitrations involving the NCAA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

At both the University of Chicago Law School and the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, J was as an adjunct professor, teaching a seminar entitled “The Law and Policy of Policing.” J remains a regular lecturer on criminal law issues, especially issues affecting white collar defendants. J has long been active in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves on its Board of Directors. He also has served on the Boards of the Arizona State Bar Criminal Justice Section and the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. J is recognized by numerous client and peer review organizations including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America

In 2005 and 2006 J served as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Assistant for Public Safety, with policy and operational responsibilities for the nation’s second-largest police force. During his tenure in Chicago, J was recognized by the Chicago Police Department for his outstanding contributions to the city’s public safety. 

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Jacob Farber

Senior Counsel

Perkins Coie LLP

Jacob Farber is a senior counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Technology Transactions & Privacy practice. 

Technology Transactions and Counseling 

Jacob represents clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 20 companies in a wide variety of IT and technology-focused transactional and counseling matters, including general commercial contracting, Internet and e-commerce agreements, technology and software acquisition and licensing, strategic procurement, outsourcing, logistics, joint-ventures and other partnering arrangements, privacy, data security and mergers & acquisitions. He represents clients across a broad variety of industries, with an emphasis on communications, mobile, social networking, online service provider, emerging payments, interactive entertainment, and healthcare companies.

Electronic Financial Services 

One area of focus in Jacob’s practice is electronic financial services, including mobile payments and financial services, traditional and emerging payment systems, virtual currencies, payment processing, and prepaid access. Jacob represents electronic financial services clients in negotiating a wide variety of agreements including mobile payments and wallets, direct carrier billing, mobile commerce, online payments, credit card processing and gateway services, and payment processing. He also counsels clients regarding compliance with various financial regulatory regimes including federal money service business laws, state money transmitter laws, and consumer credit and protection laws; PCI and other data security and technology standards; card association rules; and privacy and data security matters. Jacob’s practice also includes the representation of clients before various regulatory agencies including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) A recent focus of Jacob’s practice is providing regulatory and strategic counseling to the emerging Bitcoin/crypto-currency industry. 

Communications 

In addition, Jacob represents telecommunications, cable, wireless, IP-enabled provider, broadcast and other clients before the Federal Communications Commission and state public utility commissions. Jacob's practice includes advocacy on behalf of clients in policy proceedings; regulatory compliance and strategic counseling on a wide variety of matters including customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement (CALEA), the Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and mobile billing, spamming, and cramming; representing clients in the sale, acquisition, and financing of broadcast stations; counseling regarding competitive entry; merger approvals; licensing matters; equipment authorization and spectrum use; and the negotiation of networking and other inter-carrier agreements. Jacob also has extensive experience representing clients in complaint proceedings before the FCC and the state commissions, agency investigation and enforcement actions, and in regulatory litigation before the courts. 

Jacob also represents enterprise users, government entities, and other organizations in negotiating agreements with telecommunications, data, wireless, information technology, networking, and call center providers. Among other things, Jacob helps clients with ongoing contract optimization and the renegotiation of existing contracts, efforts which can often yield significant cost savings.

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Peter Dougherty

Angel Investor

Utilizing more than twelve years of solutions selling to finance professionals to now disrupt the banking industry. How? The skills which led clients to entrust me with over $5 billion of their bond issuances. Why? Because banking's inefficient. When? Yesterday was already a day late.

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Bobby Lee

Co-Founder & CEO

BTC China

I have finally been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and have now embarked on my own startup: BTC China. We are the first and largest Bitcoin exchange in China, the most trusted. 

Come join us! We are hiring software engineers, product managers, and designers. Come and help build China's largest Bitcoin company. We are looking for smart and talented individuals, who want to participate in the next revolution on the Internet. 

If you are a fan, and believe in Bitcoins, then you should be working at BTC China!

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Andy Beal

Associate Attorney

Crowley Corporate Attorneys

Andy is an associate at Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, and advising clients in the virtual currency space on regulatory issues related to money transmission and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance.

Andy is actively involved in the bitcoin ecosystem - he is the organizer of an undergroup meetup group for bitcoin entrepreneurs in Los Angeles, he is regularly quoted on Coindesk.com about legal issues related to virtual currency and is personally involved in a number of bitcoin related projects. 

Andy is also involved in the Williem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, having competed in and served as an arbitrator at the Vis Moot East in Hong Kong, and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese.

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Joe Robinson

VP of Product

Circle Internet Financial

Currently building products at Circle. Previously at Square. Organizer of the Designers + Geeks and SVNewTech communities.

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Santi Subotovsky

Principal

Emergence Capital Partners

Santi is a Principal at Emergence Capital Partners. He’s a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 8 years of operational experience in the IT sector.

Prior to joining Emergence, Santi was an advisor at Aqua Capital Partners where he assisted with the due diligence process for new technology investments and developed detailed models to facilitate analysis of companies.

Before joining Aqua Capital Partners, Santi was a summer associate at Storm Ventures where he sourced opportunities and presented investment recommendations in the SaaS, enterprise software and consumer internet spaces.

In 1999, Santi founded his own company, AXG Tecnonexo, the largest e-learning vendor in Latin America. He expanded the company from its inception to more than 150 employees with operations across Latin America and the US. The solutions offered included a Learning Management System (licensed or provided as a service), custom content development services, and consulting. To accelerate the company's international growth, Santi designed and implemented a hybrid direct sales approach with a strong channel partner component to target large corporations. With this strategy AXG Tecnonexo was able to secure contracts with blue-chip clients such as Bank of America, Coca Cola, DirecTV and the World Bank. AXG Tecnonexo remains strong today, and is backed by institutional investors.

Santi received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and holds a BS in Economics from St. Andrew's University in Argentina. He is Kauffman Finalist and an Endeavor Entrepreneur.

Outside of work Santi is passionate about traveling internationally. He spent 6 months backpacking around the world and continues to work on a personal goal of visiting at least 50% of the world countries. He is an avid opera and classical music follower and, as almost every Argentine, he is passionate about soccer.

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Brian Klein

Partner

Baker Marquart

Brian is an accomplished trial attorney who has successfully litigated in federal and state court. His practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense and civil litigation, and he aggressively and effectively advocates for his clients in a wide variety of state and federal matters. Brian teaches a criminal practice seminar at USC Gould School of Law and chairs the Bitcoin Foundation’s legal advocacy committee.

Brian is a former Assistant United States Attorney with extensive criminal trial experience who specializes in all areas of criminal and regulatory defense. He recently represented a hazardous waste cleanup company facing multiple state criminal charges and was able to get all the charges dismissed before the trial date was even set. In addition, Brian has extensive experience representing clients involved with Bitcoin. For example, he represented Erik Voorhees, a prominent early Bitcoin adopter, in his recent settlement with the SEC.

Brian graduated from New York University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. Brian is admitted to practice in California and New York and before various federal courts.

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Chris Haroun

Partner

Artis Ventures

Chris Haroun is a Partner at Artis Ventures where he focuses on Internet and software venture capital investments (Nimble Storage, Bracket Computing, etc). Prior to joining Artis Ventures in January of 2012, Chris worked at several finance firms, including Goldman Sachs and Citadel. Chris also started and ran his own technology investment firm, Haroun Capital Management, LLC (included venture capital investments in Facebook and other private internet companies) from 2007 until he joined Artis Ventures. Chris received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Management Information Systems from McGill University in 1994 where he completed part of his degree on exchange in Cuba at the University of Havana, Faculty of Economics. Chris also received a Masters of Business Administration with a major in Finance from Columbia University in 2000.

Prior to attending Columbia, Chris was a software and Internet programmer at Accenture where he set up the company's Internet research and development center in 1995. At Accenture he also worked on several technology infrastructure engagements, including the merger of Bank of America and NationsBank, the development of Bank of America’s first Internet banking application and he was also part of a team that designed and deployed the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s offshore banking software application and IT infrastructure in Barbados. In 1997 Chris was the founder of Canadian Internet Charity Consulting, which offers web design, hosting, maintenance and implementation at no cost to Canadian charities. Chris is an avid technology enthusiast and enjoys beta testing nascent consumer and enterprise technology products.

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Steve Kirsch

Founder & CTO

OneID

Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. I've started 6 companies with a combined market cap of over $2 billion. 

I started OneID in June 2011, to fix the problems with identity. We raised $10M from top tier VC funds. Today, identity is primarily based on 50-year-old "shared secret: technology. This has many problems: too many passwords, mass password and credit card breaches, etc. OneID has developed technology to solve these problems while at the same time making things more convenient for users. We use a novel trustable architecture based on advanced elliptic curve cryptography. Today, OneID technology reduces friction in e-commerce transactions and secures websites from mass breaches (of passwords and credit cards), and individuals from account takeover. We also can apply this technology to in-store purchases (making another Target breach impossible).

Expert on bitcoin.

I started Abaca in early 2000 because I was getting over 1,500 spams a day. Using a new technique I invented, we achieved over 99.9% accuracy. It is filtering over 300 million mailboxes today, worldwide, at ISPs. Acquired by ProofPoint in 2013.

I'm a big proponent of fast nuclear reactors because of their potential to replace coal plants with a cheaper, zero carbon solution. These reactors use the waste from our existing reactors as fuel.

I have helped to rid the world of junk faxes through lawsuits and working with state and federal law enforcement.

Married 20 years; 3 daughters.

My charitable foundation:
www.kirschfoundation.org

In 2007, I was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer, Waldenstrom's Macroglobulenemia. Fortunately, the cancer is slow moving. The experimental drug I'm on has been effective in stabilizing the disease.

The Kirsch Auditorium at MIT is named in my honor... although to be perfectly honest, a $2M donation to MIT helped ;)

Specialties: user centric identity, bitcoin, startup companies, spam, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia

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Brock Pierce

Angel Investor

Xfire, BitAngels

I assist with refining the model, attracting management and board members, assist with raising capital, and identifying strategic opportunities.

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Michael Yang

Founder & CEO

MySimon, Become.com

I am a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in consumer internet. Expertise in ecommerce, search engine, online marketing, and social/mobile/local. International experience in setting up JV in Japan and acquiring companies in Germany and Japan. Global/Strategy/M&A expert.

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Wences Casares

Founder

Patagon.com, Trendsetters, Wanako Games

By connecting the entrepreneurs with potential partners, investors and good hires. By listening to their issues and giving them feedback.

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Michael Terpin

Founder & CEO

SocialRadius, BitAngels, Marketwire

Most of my investments involve a combination of equity, advisory and/or a bridge loan for services. In addition to the 6-8 equity stakes I (and/or my PR/social media firm, SocialRadius) take per year, we provide a dozen or so bridge loans toward services. BitAngels adds to the exiting mix.

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Roger Ver

Founder & CEO

MemoryDealers.com

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Ryan Gembala

Corporate Development

Facebook

Ryan is a member of Facebook's corporate development team.

Prior to Facebook, Ryan worked in a VC investing and operating role at Azure Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with $750 million under management, where he focused on consumer internet and mobile investing as well as worked within portfolio companies as VP of Business Development & Partnerships. Within the portfolio, Ryan ran business development & corporate development at Telly, the social video discovery network with 11M million users, and at Convercent, the SAAS leader in employee governance, risk, and compliance. As an investing Associate with Azure, Ryan sourced, analyzed, and supported investments in the internet, mobile, e-commerce and SAAS spaces. He worked closely with the management teams at Telly (Board Observer), Open Road Media (Board Observer), Tripit (acquired by Concur for $120 million), Cooking.com (acquired by Target), Get Satisfaction, BlogHer, and Education.com. 

Prior to Azure, Ryan worked as Lead Associate for Hyde Park Angels, one of the 5 largest angel networks in the U.S. where he focused on consumer and SAAS investing.

Ryan is the Co-Founder of H.E.R.O. for Children, the first non-profit focused on quality of life care for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Ryan built HERO to $1M in Revenue, 2,000 volunteers, 2 collegiate models, and in 2013 HERO celebrated its 10th Anniversary with more than 3,000 children served. He currently serves as Board Chair.

Ryan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he focused on Finance, Entrepreneurship, and early stage tech investing. While in business school, he and his team won the International Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) out of 56 MBA programs. 

Ryan speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian and is learning to code.

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Jake Zeller

Bitcoin Entrepreneur

NewCo

Jake Zeller is an entrepreneur and investor working on a project in the Bitcoin space.

Previously, Jake was an Associate at Columbus Nova Technology Partners, responsible for deal sourcing and due diligence.

Jake is an investor in several technology companies including AuditFile, Tachyus, and Palantir Technologies (secondary transaction).

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Terrence Yang

Founder

Yang Ventures

Recent Highlights:

1. Investor/Adviser, Infobitt (created by Larry Sanger, cofounder of Wikipedia), Image Searcher (1 million downloads), RoomHunt (featured in TechCrunch). Limited partner in Estimote fund, and a fund managed by top ranked VC.

2. Board director, first investor and main adviser to a startup created by cofounder of a top ten site.

3. Mentor startups that placed first or second in startup competitions, including Startup Weekend (Orange County, Fall 2012), UCI (2013), Caltech FLoW sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Energy (2013). 

4. Mentor, Plug and Play Bitcoin Accelerator in Silicon Valley

5. Moderator, SoCal Innovation Forum with ~400 attendees.

6. Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Chapman University.

7. President, Harvard Law School Association of Orange County.

8. Quora Top Writer 2013.

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Malcolm CasSelle

CEO

Timeline Labs

I am a serial entrepreneur and have played almost every role in a traditional startup: finance, sales, marketing, PR, legal, R&D, production, manufacture and distribution.

Over the years, I have helped raise several billion dollars for startups and enjoy taking ideas successfully to market. Of course not every idea has been successful, but my biggest have failures have been my biggest learns.

My industry focus has been ecommerce, internet video, wireless games, and interactive mobile content

Education was at MIT (BS Computer Science) and Stanford (MS Computer Science). Fluent in Japanese, working knowledge of Mandarin and have lived and worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and London.

Professionally these days I am focused on online marketing, social networks, search engines, branding, and e-learning.

In my free time, I am painting, drawing, making music and video art. I have had two exhibitions in the Los Angeles area.

Specialties:Online marketing, social networks, fund raising, mergers and acquisition, business development, executive management, corporate finance and sales; historically I come from software development, client and server architecture, interactive design and Internet technologies. I also took a 4 year detour into alternative health, supplements, retail distribution, manufacturing, direct response, and formulation.

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Atish Babu

Partner & Founder

Omnivore Capital

Omnivore Capital is an impact investor. Omnivore is an early stage venture capital fund focused on agriculture and food technology startups in India. We invest in startups solving problems related to farm productivity, agriculture sustainability, food supply chains, and water conservation.  Atish is working on impact investing focused on agriculture with degrees from both Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Business School (HBS).

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David Johnston

Managing Director

BitAngels

As managing director I evaluate investments in Decentralized Applications & Protocols that are based on open source software, and use a distributed blockchain for token ownership and access to the application.

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Pamir Gelenbe

Venture Partner

Hummingbird Ventures

Pamir is a Partner at Hummingbird Ventures where he currently focuses his efforts on virtual currencies. He is also the founder of CoinSummit (http://coinsumm.it), a series of events in the US and Europe focused on virtual currencies. Previously, he co-founded MarkaVIP, the leading online apparel and accessories etailer in the MENA region, On Device Research, and Flytxt.

Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and D.E.Shaw. Pamir received his BS in Electrical Engineering Summa Cum Laude from Duke University and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Columbia University. London-based, Pamir speaks fluent English, Turkish and French.

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Steve Beauregard

Founder & CEO

GoCoin

For two plus decades, Steve has been a pillar of the LA startup community leading innovations in Internet, mobile, social media, app development, eCommerce, and now, digital currency technologies. Now the Founder and CEO of GoCoin, Steve is actively speaking at International Bitcoin conferences on digital currency and next generation merchant payment solutions.

Well versed at the board and executive levels of both public and private sector companies, Steve is constantly active with a number of endeavors in varying roles with the common goal of setting them up for success. 

Background: In 1994, Steve left DEC's LA consulting practice to form REGARD. In 2 yrs Steve grew the company to 25 employees and established consulting partnerships with Microsoft, IBM Lotus Notes & RIM.

After the Y2K craze, REGARD expanded into a high-end boutique Internet strategy firm to compete with Razorfish and the like. REGARD quickly added clients TRW, VPA (bought by Fidelity), and DIRECTV and mobile division landed Sony Pictures, Universal, Wells Fargo Bank, Hughes, LIONSGATE, Creative Artists Agency and myriad state & federal gov't agencies.

In 2003, REGARD opened a subsidiary in Nagpur, India and established a worldwide reputation with RIM, Microsoft, AT&T, Sprint/NEXTEL, & Verizon as highly reliable, top-tier mobile & eCommerce software experts building scalable, enterprise solutions.

Steve formed software incubator REGARD Ventures in 2007 to help early-stage entrepreneurs build their companies for success.

Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce company, is active angel investor and a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at Bitcoin, Payments, Mobile and eCommerce conferences.

Specialties: Payments, Bitcoin, Digital Currency, Virtual Currency, eCommerce, merchant services, mobile solutions, mobile apps, social media, digital marketing, flash sales,

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Adrian Fenty

Business Development Manager

Perkins Coie LLP

As both Business Development Manager at Perkins Coie LLP and Special Advisor to Andreessen Horowitz, Adrian is working to expand investments and providing strategic business development and government expertise by bringing a solution-driven approach to work with the world’s most innovative technology companies.

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Andy Artz

Investor

The Social+Capital Partnership

I'm an investor at the Social+Capital Partnership based in Palo Alto, CA. The Social+Capital Partnership is a partnership of philanthropists, technologists and capitalists utilizing venture capital as a force to create value and change on a global scale.

Previously, I ran finance and built out the analytics for OMGPOP, a VC backed social gaming startup. We sold the company to Zynga in March 2012 for $180M. 

Before OMGPOP, I began my career with IBM's M&A team buying software companies ranging from $20M - $10B+ valuations.

I'm passionate about startups, especially ones focused on health and data.

Specialties: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, Due Diligence, Financial Management, Budgeting, Venture Fundraising, Data Mining, mySQL, Web Analytics

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Bill Tai

Venture Capitalist

Charles River Ventures

I bring a massive network, built over 20 years to the party. I've personally guided a dozen companies through the IPO process, and run several startups myself at the earliest stages.

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Alyse Killeen

Venture Capitalist

Clearstone Venture Partners

Alyse Killeen is an Early Stage investment professional at Venture Capital Partners and a current investor on the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund Team. She is responsible for Operations and strategy support of portfolio companies.

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