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BTC Miami Program Final Preview

BTC Miami Program Final Preview

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Right now is a critical moment for Bitcoin. The world’s most independent currency has just turned five and is entering a crucial phase in its development.


During the conference’s short, but action In the last six months the currency has dramatically increased in visibility and experienced both the good and bad sides of the limelight: rising acceptance with vendors and shoppers, alongside more regulatory scrutiny, and wild fluctuations in value. It’s at this time, more than ever before, that the Bitcoin community is needed to ensure a prosperous and well-balanced future for the currency. The NABC has been created to draw this community together, now ranging from enthusiasts to financial institutions, and to provide an open and hard-hitting forum for moving the currency forward. packed two-day agenda, you will meet and hear from the biggest names in the industry and powerful newcomers like regulators and bankers. Be sure to take advantage of the unique opportunity to make new friends, grow your network and seek out synergies. And last, but not least, make your voice heard. Yours sincerely, Moe Levin moe@btcmiami.com

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7:00 - 8:30

Pre-party reception at the Clevelander Hotel 1020 Ocean Drive.

Exhibitor Setup
8:30 - 9:20

8:30 - 9:00

9:20 - 9:30

9:00 - 12:30

Hall 2: Opening Address
9:30 - 12:30

Speakers & Panels in Halls 1 & 2
12:30 - 13:30


Hall 2: Speakers
12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:30 14:30 - 15:00 15:00 - 16:30

Speakers in Halls 1 & 2 LUNCH NETWORKING BREAK Speakers & Panels in Halls 1 & 2
For more info

13:30 - 16:30

Hall 2: Speakers & Panels
16:30 until Late

Bitshare’s Saturday Evening Reception


or: ddut.ch/btcmiami

AGENDA Saturday




Merchant Vendor Workshops by

8:30 - 9:30

Ken Metral
9:50 - 10:20

David Aylor
10:30 - 10:50 11:00 - 11:25

Chris Odom Eric Benz

11:35 - 12:30

Roger Ver, Marc van der Chijs, Matthew Roszak, William Quigley & Rik Willard. Mod: Michael Terpin 13:30 - 13:50

Venture Capitalist Panel:

9:30 - 11:00

Jacob Farber
14:00 - 14:20 14:30 - 14:50 15:30 - 15:50

Jeffrey Tucker Anthony Gallippi 11:00 - 12:30 Bitcoin Startup Panel:
Wendell Davis, Steve Beauregard, Dan Held, Oleh Zadoretskyy, Paul Vernon. Mod: Paul Buitink 16:00 - 16:20

George Papageorgiou


16:30 - 16:50

Roger Ver



Hall Eric Spano
9:00 - 9:25


Ryan Charleston Vitalik Buterin Xavier Hawk Joseph Vaughn Perling Jason King

Charles Evans

9:30 - 9:50

Carlos Tapang Elizabeth Ploshay

9:55 - 10:20

10:30 - 10:55 11:00 - 11:25 11:30 - 12:30

Charlie Lee

Carol van Cleef, Jacob Farber, David Aylor, Gabriel Caballero, Emilio Disanluciano. Mod: Paul Buitink

Regulation Panel
13:30 - 13:50 13:55 - 14:20 15:00 - 15:25

Charlie Shrem Mystery Speaker

Wendell Davis Andrés Bzurovski Malcolm Cassalle Brock Pierce Nicolas Cary

Adrian Wyllie
Diego Gutiérrez, Andres Junge, Pelle Braendgaard, Joaquin Moreno Mod: Saul Lustarten

Latin American Panel

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 15:55 16:00 - 16:25

Closing remarks by Moe Levin

16:30 - 16:55


Miami Beach Convention centre, level two. Enter from the corner of Washington Avenue and Jackie Gleason Drive.

Main parking for the venue is accessed from Convention Center Drive, on the western side of the complex. Valet parking parking is available for $15 for the day from the entrance of Hall B on Washington Avenue.
Entrance via Hall B on Washington Ave

B214 & B215

B216 & B217

Alternative entrance from level 1


Charlie Shrem
Charlie Shrem is co-founder and vice chairman of Bitcoin Foundation and CEO and co-founder of BitInstant, one of the world’s largest alternative payment companies. Drawing on his experiences in the old banking world, as well as in the new alternative currency world, Shrem paved the way for the Bitcoin economy when he found the need for a more secure, fast, and convenient way of transferring funds between and within payment networks around the world.

Michael Terpin
Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels (www.bitangels.co), the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, with Engine CEO David Johnston and four other founding members. The distributed angel network currently has more than 300 members, and it has made more than a dozen investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies in its first six months.

Marc van der Chijs
Marc van der Chijs is a partner at CrossPacific Capital in Vancouver (xpcp.ca), where he focuses on Financial and Health Tech investments.. His latest investment was in white-label exchange Bex.io where he led the round. Before becoming a VC Marc was a serial entrepreneur in China where he among others co-founded online videosite Tudou.com (the Youtube of China, listed on the NYSE) and where he set up the Asian operations for game company Spil Games.

Matthew Roszak
Mr. Roszak is co-founder and vice chairman of SilkRoad Equity, a global private investment firm. Mr. Roszak has spent over 18 years in private equity and venture capital and invested in excess of $1 billion of capital in a broad range of industries, with experience in executing a broad scope of transactions including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; corporate and transactional financing, including private equity, venture capital, mezzanine and conventional financings; public offerings, private placements and financial restructurings.


Carol Van Cleef
Carol Van Cleef represents financial services companies and other clients in federal and state regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters, including anti-money laundering (AML), electronic payments, federal deposit insurance, and other bank regulatory issues. She counsels banking organizations, credit unions, securities firms, insurance companies, finance companies, money service businesses (MSB), and hedge funds, among others.

Jeffrey Tucker
Jeffrey Tucker is founder and CEO of Liberty.me, distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, and research fellow of the Acton Institute. He is the founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, serves as economic consultant Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and writes a fortnightly column for The Freeman and Crisis Magazine.

Jacob S Farber
Jacob is a senior counsel at the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins Coie and a member of the Technology Transactions & Privacy practice. Jacob represents clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 20 companies in a wide variety of IT and technology-focused transactional and counseling matters.

Charles Evans
Dr. Evans is Co-Organizer of Miami International Bitcoin, where he advises several Bitcoin startups based in South Florida, and CFO of Bitcountant, an accounting and compliance practice that focuses on Bitcoin startups. He has been teaching Finance and Economics for more than a decade, and has been involved with virtual currencies since the first wave of moneypunk projects during the 1990s Dot.Com Era.


Jason King
Jason King is a homeless advocate from Pensacola, Fl. He is best known as the founder of Sean’s Outpost/Satoshi Forest (seansoutpost.com) and feeding tens of thousands of meals to the homeless all paid for with Crypto-Currency.

Gabriel Caballero
Gabriel has been an associate at Gunster Law since 2011. Prior to joining Gunster, Gabriel served as Associate General Counsel of Banco Santander International, a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest banks by market capitalization. His practice areas include Banking and Financial Services, Licensing, Regulatory and Compliance Matters and Bank Secrecy Act/ Anti-Money Laundering/Office of Foreign Assets Control .

Anthony Gallipi
Anthony Gallippi saw a need for bitcoin payment processing and founded BitPay in 2011. As a start-up, Mr. Gallippi is involved in all of the day-to-day operations including new business development, marketing, and customer service. Mr. Gallippi has 15 years of experience in sales and marketing working in the Robotics industry.

Roger Ver
Roger has served as the full time CEO of MemoryDealers.com, directly employing about 30 people, and serving happy customers around the world. Over the last decade, under Roger’s leadership, Memory Dealers has grown to become a world leader in the used Cisco memory and networking equipment industry. In early 2011 Roger discovered Bitcoin, the most important invention in the history of the world since the internet. MemoryDealers became the first mainstream business to accept bitcoins as payment, and Roger has since become the most prolific Bitcoin related startup investor.

Diego Gutiérrez
Diego descibes himself as a zealot of decentralized digital currencies. He is the co-founder of projects such as Restocoins.com and Arraiga and is the president of Fundación Bitcoin Argentina.


Eric Spano
Eric holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce and is a public accountant at Ernst & Young LLP. He is actively involved in Canada’s Bitcoin community, serving as the Treasurer of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada as well as the Director of Finance for the Bitcoin Embassy. In addition to overseeing the financial activity of these organizations, Eric is also the Founder & CEO of Bylls – a web-based service that enables users to pay their everyday bills using Bitcoin.

Chris Odom
Chris Odom is Co-Founder and CTO of Monetas, the world’s first decentralized system for financial and legal transactions, and the creator of the Open-Transactions digital finance suite that Monetas is based on. Open-Transactions features industry-leading innovations that solve critical problems in digital finance, and addresses urgent needs in the Bitcoin economy.

Eric Benz
VP of Global Business Development at Zipzap, Eric has been involved in the ‘payments technology sector’ for the best part of a decade and has delivered retail payment solutions for the world’s largest merchant brands transforming the way in which they sell and ship to their worldwide customers.Eric’s tenure at ZipZap began in 2012 to lead their rapid global expansion plans based from their London office. He remains instrumental in helping to build brand awareness and establish needs for product development.

George Papageorgiou
George is Operations Director at Neo and Bee and has a wealth of technology and operations management experience in a variety of security/safety/mission critical environments including a plethora of cutting edge technology fields. He has been very actively involved in many aspects of Bitcoin’s economy and ecology over the last two years, and has written a research paper focused on Bitcoin for his MBA dissertation at the University of Greenwich.

Paul Vernon
Paul Vernon is the CEO and founder of Project Investors Inc. and Cryptsy.com. Paul is a long-time veteran of technology implementation with extensive experience in e-commerce and enterprise-level technology and coding.


Ryan Charleston
Ryan Charleston is a multi-disciplinary professional with experience in digital marketing, web development, ad tech, research and web analytics. His previous start-up Adpressive.com, a native advertising business inspired by BuzzFeed, was successfully sold in December 2013. Ryan left his most recent position at eBay in late 2013 to launch Bitcorati.com, a global directory and rating system for the people and business involved in Bitcoin.

David Aylor
For nearly a decade David Aylor has been practicing law in Charleston, South Carolina. David is well versed in various criminal aspects related to the bitcoin industry. Most recently, he has been representing the individual alleged to be involved with what is believed to be the first US Government Federal seizure of Bitcoins. He is also the acting Prosecutor for the City of Hanahan, and formerly served as an Assistant Solicitor for the Ninth Circuit.

Vitalik Buterin
Vitalik is Head Writer at Bitcoin Magazine. He is a computer science student at the University of Waterloo, but is currently taking time off to pursue Bitcoin­ related projects in Europe. His interests are diverse, ranging from computer science to economics to linguistics, and he firmly believes in the power of the internet, from P2P networks to social networking to Bitcoin, to lay the foundation for a new, bottom­ up, 21st century information economy.

Elizabeth Ploshay
Elizabeth serves as Manager of Communications for Bitcoin Magazine and recently got elected to serve on the Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors. She additionally serves as Chair of the Bitcoin Foundation Education Committee. 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. Elizabeth holds a BA in Political Science from Wheaton College (IL).


Oleh Zadoretskyy
Oleh is a software developer hailing from Latvia, best known as the founder and lead developer of BTC Robot. He has a background in the development of algorithmic trading applications for leveraged futures and options trading, successfully servicing several large private equity firms. Two years ago he began development of BTC Robot - an automated Bitcoin trading robot which launched in 2013 to wide success.

Xavier Hawk
Xavier Hawk has cracked the code for ridiculously profitable Eco Developments that make Biodynamic living easy, safe, affordable, and sexy. He runs an Eco Development in Western North Carolina called Colony Earth which is based on digital currencies. Xavier envisions highly profitable, self sufficient, clean powered, membership based eco developments around the world that run on crypto currencies.

Malcolm Casselle
Malcolm is serial entrepreneur and has played almost every role in a traditional startup: finance, sales, marketing, PR, legal, R&D, production, manufacture and distribution. Over the years he has helped raise billions of dollars for startups. His industry focus is ecommerce, internet video, wireless games, and interactive mobile content.

Nicolas Cary
Nicolas is the CEO of Blockchain.info, Bitcoin’s most popular bitcoin wallet and block explorer. As of January 2013 the site has over 110,000 registered users.

Carlos Tapang
Carlos C Tapang is the president of Centerus Inc, a Washington State corporation for the construction and marketing of condo mining systems. A condo mining unit currently has a capacity of 15 Giga Hashes per second, and is priced at $199. Condo-style ownership means that Centerus hosts the units, and there is a fixed recurring cost of $5 per month which includes everything (electricity and all).


Adrian Wyllie
Adrian is Florida radio personality, small business owner and Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida. Wyllie is known as a constitutional activist for challenges to the Real ID Act and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and as an investigative journalist.

Brock Pierce
Brock is a 15-time entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. He has raised more than $200 million on behalf of his companies and led more than 30 acquisitions. Prior to his Bitcoin activities, Pierce launched his first of many digital and virtual currency startups in 1998, which have collectively processed billions of dollars in sales. Sitting on the board for multiple virtual currency companies, he is also BitAngels Los Angeles City Leader and an angel investor in numerous Bitcoin related startups such as BTC China.

Moe Levin
Moe Levin is a tech-adventurer and futurist interested in the growth and future of what is probably the greatest innovation since the industrial revolution. Prior to The North American Bitcoin Conference, Moe organized the most successful European bitcoin convention in his hometown of Amsterdam. Inspired by the results, Moe will continue to create international conferences to truly unite the bitcoin community.

Steve Beauregard
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.

Andrés Bzurovski
Andres is a co-founder of Astro-pay, over the last seven years, Andrés has worked in multiple capacities: as VP of Latin America’s largest online casino, 888.com, as Regional President of Pocket Kings, and as an independent consultant and angel investor in companies such as Paganza.com and HomeDine.com.


Kenneth Metral
Kenneth Metral is the Co-Founder and CEO of the popular bitcoin marketplace Coingig.com. He is a Miami local and currently holds his Bachelor in Information Technology, Master in Management Information Systems, and his Master in Business Administration from Florida International University. He has been involved with Bitcoin for over a year now after first being introduced to it by a friend in the online marketing industry. Having an infatuation with this revolutionary currency, he felt the need to open a business in this space and provide a platform that allows users to exchange goods and/or services with bitcoin.

Joseph Vaughn Perling
Joseph Vaughn Perling has been involved in security, privacy, identity management, forensics, law and business development spanning three decades. His involvement in alternative currencies bridges the physical and the virtual as the Managing Director the New Liberty Dollar LLC, producers of the New Liberty Dollar and as project lead of the Bitcoin Specie project. The Bitcoin Specie project is the effort to provide the pocket change of Bitcoin, the hard money off block-chain mechanism for true anonymous (rather than pseudononymous) point of sale transactions using bitcoin bullion coins.

Charlie Lee
Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin, the most popular alternative currency to Bitcoin. He is a software engineer at Coinbase. Prior to joining Coinbase, he spent 6 years at Google working on YouTube Mobile, Chrome OS, and the Google Play Games platform. Charlie earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science from M.I.T.

Wendell Davis
Wendell is the founder and principal creative force behind Hive, an easy-to-use Bitcoin wallet and merchant discovery platform. Before finding himself in the impassable clutches of cryptocurrency addiction, Wendell wore the hats of both game developer and Internet entrepreneur. He is passionate about decentralization, operational security, and, paradoxically, excellent user experience design.



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