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Can the Blockchain survive without Bitcoin? - February 18, 2016 - Silicon Valley
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Can the Blockchain survive without Bitcoin?
Silicon Valley, CA - February 18, 2016



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Exponent Office
149 Commonwealth Dr,
Menlo Park, CA


February 18, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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We have done many events in the last few years on cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and the Blockchain. If you came to all of these events, you are not well versed in the technology, the ecosystem and some of the business opportunities.

Last year was a reality check for the Bitcoin aficionados. The value of Bitcoin went from almost $1,200 in 2014 down to $177 (now at a little less than $400). Many of the early startups with no funding or seed funding disappeared to leave room for larger and better funded companies.

Recently, banks found finally a way to get involved with the technology without compromising the regulated side of their business and some significant money was poured into promising teams around the Blockchain.

In this new event, we have invited senior executives to discuss particularly the opportunities associated with the Blockchain as a technology without necessarily tying it to the Bitcoin. We all know that identity management is a big issue not limited to payments and banking so could a general ledger solve the problem and what would be the rules of control? We will discuss also the potential “privatization” of the Blockchain or the Sidechains as it may be a way for banks and card schemes to leverage the technology appropriating its attributes but keeping it under regulated entities control.

Surely, comments will be made on the departure of Mike Hearn, his comments while leaving (read or the future of Bitcoin as an unregulated global currency (Check this list of pages that will give a sense of the price history).

We look forward to seeing you and network with your peers if you want to get an update or even learn of these new business opportunities.


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6:00 pm: Reception and Networking
7:00 pm: Introduction of the session
7:05 pm: Panel moderated by Daniel Chatelain, Managing Director at the BayPay Forum and with audience participation
  Tiana Laurence, Chief Marketing Officer at Factom Inc
  Armin Ebrahimi, CEO and Founder at ShoCard Inc
  Chris Sweis, Investor and Team Airbitz Shareholder
  Scott Bambacigno, Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Alphapoint
8:30 pm: Wrap up and Networking


Tiana Laurence

Chief Marketing Officer at Factom Inc.

Tiana is the Chief Marketing Officer at Factom Inc and the Factom Foundation, the first usable blockchain technology to solve real world business problems by providing an unalterable record keeping system.

Her passion is growing great companies. A serial entrepreneur, Tiana started her first business at 16. Earlier this year, Tianasold her company, Digital Aptitude, which handled multi-million dollar marketing accounts.

Tiana was introduced to Bitcoin through her agency, were she lead a team that sold over 34 million dollars in bitcoin miners in 2013 and 2014. After selling her agency,Tiana co-founded Factom Inc. with other members from the Factom Foundation.

She loves helping young inspiring entrepreneurs learn about business. Tiana has spent time volunteering with Rotary, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, and The Portland State Entrepreneurs Club.

Tiana also sits on the board for the Nayariva Foundation, whose mission is to empower women entrepreneurs around the world. Tiana has a BA in Business and Leadership from Portland State University. When Tiana is not working on businesses, she can be found running or rock climbing in Austin TX.


Armin Ebrahimi

CEO and Founder at ShoCard Inc

Ebrahimi is a well known industry veteran and has an extensive background in advertising and online services. Most recently, he was CEO of Dynamic Retargeting (formerly Buysight), and AOL company. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President of Platform Engineering at Yahoo!, with engineering responsibility for Yahoo!’s registration and anti-fraud platform services, as well as premium services including Yahoo! Small Business, large partnerships including AT&T and Verizon, Yahoo! front doors, including My Yahoo! and Yahoo! front page. Armin founded and was CEO of TRIicon Solutions, Inc, acquired by Tandem Computers. Armin has a Ph.D. in Organizational Management from Capella University and B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from California State University – Chico.

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Chris Sweis

Investor and Team Airbitz Shareholder

A startup veteran who has been involved in Bitcoin since 2012 and believes in the freedoms behind bitcoin and the blockchain. Has founded and exited multiple startups with the last being JunoWallet which had over 4MM registered users and was a top 4 app in the app store. Honored to be invited to the DCC top 30 people in bitcoin and a servant to all entrepreneurs with a dream. A shareholder in Airbitz and working with the team to deliver the killer app for bitcoin to become mainstream. Airbitz has strong tech and leadership that is impressive. Managing partner of Nvstor a seed stage only fund that allows individuals to invest into startups utilizing Title III from the Jobs Act.

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Scott Bambacigno

Vice President, Worldwide Sales at AlphaPoint

Scott is a founding team member at AlphaPoint. Prior to joining AlphaPoint, Scott invested 10 years at 3 Silicon Valley software companies where he successfully acquired many of the companies' largest accounts to date, managed a team of sales executives, and was responsible for key client acquisitions like IBM, Wolters Kluwer, BlueFly, and many others. Scott has also founded and served as CEO of two coffee companies, one focused on import and distribution of green coffee, and the second on creating and distributing retail products. With over 14 years of startup and enterprise sales experience, Scott is Head of Sales and actively building out the company's Sales and Marketing divisions.




Daniel Chatelain

Managing Director at the BayPay Forum

Daniel Chatelain is a payment industry executive focused on innovation in commerce and sitting on the board of directors or advisors of emerging companies. He started The BayPay Forum to help foster innovation in payment and commerce.

The organization gathers today over 8,000 executives from over 2,800 different companies and organizes events for senior executives to understand new trends and network with peers. Prior to that, Daniel was CEO, President & COO of companies he started as an entrepreneur or within the Lagardere (Elle, Woman’s Day, Car & Driver, Hachette, Canal Satellite) and EADS group (Airbus, Ariane, Eurocopter) and Vice President of a VC backed companies giving him a wide experience of growing companies domestically and internationally in the banking, telecom and interactive media industries as an entrepreneur, corporate or VC backed senior executive.

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Location Exponent Offices, 149 Commonwealth Dr, Menlo Park, CA.

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Thursday 18 February 2016, 06:00pm - 09:00pm
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