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Cindy Yang is co-head of the Duane Morris LLP’s FinTech Industry Practice Group and partner in the Intellectual Property Division at Duane Morris LLP. Ms. Yang focuses her practice on patent, trademark and copyright litigation; U.S. and foreign patent and trademark prosecution; opinion work; licensing; due diligence investigations in M&A deals; sports and entertainment law; and counseling regarding the procurement and enforcement of IP rights worldwide. She also counsels clients from all over the world in the fast-paced world of cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency exchanges and fund formation, token technology, initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency mining and blockchain-based technologies in a variety of applications.
She has extensive multidistrict experience and represents a broad spectrum of U.S. and international clients before courts throughout the United States. Ms. Yang’s litigation and counseling experience involves an expansive array of products and technologies, such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrency payment systems, gene and protein therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, vaccines, treatment methods, pharmaceutical compounds and formulations, medical devices, smart environmental monitoring systems, aquaculture production methods, light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and lighting systems, telemedicine, radio frequency identification systems, teleconferencing systems, magnetic fluid conditioning systems, website builders, music apps, public art works, jewelry and clothing designs. She also assists clients who must navigate through issues involving U.S. federal regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Security and Exchange Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including being nominated twice by E&Y as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, in 2002 & 2011; Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur; the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal; and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).
As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other popular web companies. Additionally, Arbinet’s fundraising story was featured as a case study in 2001 by Harvard Business School.
A specialization in cutting edge technology has put Binnur at the helm of increasingly impressive projects over the course of her career. From networking to cloud computing to robotics, Binnur has leveraged her acumen to high degrees of success in numerous applications. But more than just a feather in her cap, though, these challenging experiences have informed her naturally interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and created an agile, creative leader excited to take on the most audacious of projects.
Binnur actively searches for educational opportunities both for herself and for the teams she directs, and is an ardent proponent of youth programs and STEM, and an advocate for women in tech. When she’s not leading the charge in the office, she’s leading younger, flanking robotics army in the classrooms of Bainbridge Island High School.
Thomas Arul is President and Co-Founder of BlockMyTalent.com a Bleumi Inc company. BlockMyTalent.com is a fair freelancing marketplace, focused on disrupting conventional freelancing platforms using Blockchain Technology and Ether (aka Ethereum) Cryptocurrency with Smart Contracts. Bleumi Inc (Bleumi.com) is an AI & Blockchain Product and Services firm developing cutting-edge products and delivering competitive edge to clients.
Thomas is also Managing Partner co-founder of Boston Catalyst Partners (BCP).BCP invest and mentor’s in early stage Technology companies. Thomas has over 20 years Experience as a Serial Entrepreneur and Technologist. Thomas was co-founder of Expicient Inc which was acquired by Publicis Groupe in 2015.
Rahul Sood was the founder of VoodooPC (est 1991), and became the outgoing Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Hewlett Packard Global Voodoo Business Unit. In 2007 Business 2.0 magazine had claimed Sood to be 83rd out of 101 persons on their “Who matters now?” list.
Sood has led the development of technologies such as fanless PC technology, liquid cooling and active liquid chilling and was the first to bring them to market in the high-performance computer gaming industry. He has also developed UnikoinGold, an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency token for Esports betting at Unikrn.
Rahul Sood announced his resignation from HP in November 2010. In December 2010 he announced that he had joined Microsoft as the GM for System Experience in the Interactive Entertainment Business. He then started the first incubation fund for Startups at Microsoft, the Bing Fund. This eventually became Microsoft Ventures which Sood led up until November 2014 when he announced he was leaving Microsoft to startup Unikrn, an eSports betting service.
Mr. Brian Su has extensive experience in international business, business development, marketing management, strategic planning and government affairs. Prior to founding Artisan Business Group, Mr. Su served Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and was employed with the Bureau of Small Business Enterprises of the Illinois Department of Transportation for nearly 16 years. Mr. Su is a recipient of the US China Outstanding Contribution Award from the US China Business Association in 2012. In 2017, Mr. Su established “Blockchain China Connect” to encourage and promote professional exchanges and investments in the blockchain industry.
He serves as member of Board of Advisors for RedCoin Global Public Digital Currency Exchange (Singapore), DigitalCurrensy, and FutureChain Technologies LLC. He also spends time on Crypto China Blog, an online China focused blockchain and cryptocurrency blog. Mr. Su is also a shareholder of High Trend International, a company specializing in providing IoT and smart city technology solutions to urban projects in Latin America.
In the meantime, Mr. Su serves as Managing Director of Yingke Chicago China Center and Chairman of Yingke Caribbean China Center, a business platform between the U.S. and China. Yingke is Asia’s largest law firm headquartered in Beijing China, with 46 offices in China and over 30 offices throughout the world.
Mr. Su has a MPA degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield in the U.S. His extensive network of government and business connections, together with the amalgam of his Chinese background, U.S. education and multinational work experience, leave him well placed to bridge the business knowledge gap between the two cultures. Mr. Su can give his clients a unique inside view of what is happening in China found nowhere else. Mr. Su is also a public speaker, speaking on a wide range of China/Asia-related business and culture topics. Mr. Su has facilitated many business and trade missions to China, and assisted Chinese trade missions and government delegations to the U.S. He has won the trust and appreciation from clients both in China and the U.S. Mr. Su has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg/Newsroom, Bloomberg Business News, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Reuters, Los Angeles Business Journal, Newsweek, Commercial Real Estate Direct, NHK (Japan), The Daily (U.K.), China Daily, China Press, South China Morning Post, etc.
Artisan Business Group, Inc., a Springfield Illinois based cross-border business and investment services consulting firm, specializes in working with financial and investment companies including real estate developers, banks, wealth management firms, private equity firms, family offices, insurance companies, government agencies and others to achieve their business and marketing goals and deliver real results through strategic collaborations, effective communication and risk management, and efficient facilitation. The Artisan Business Group team has facilitated the alternative financing for over one billion dollars in various projects in the U.S., China, Latin America and the Caribbean region.
Mahesh Helps startups and organizations with their next generation digital platforms mostly around disruptive technologies. Currently, focus is Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Intelligent Apps and Intelligent Cloud.
Mark Smith, CEO and Co-founder of Symbiont
Since Bitcoin’s 2009 introduction, most media coverage has focused on the value of cryptocurrencies and speculation over their long-term viability in the global financial system. Many observers think this attention is misplaced.
Why? Because the focus on cryptocurrencies draws attention away from the more important underlying story of how blockchain technology is poised to upend back offices and fundamentally transform the landscape of institutional finance and capital markets.
Mark Smith, CEO and Co-founder of Symbiont, has been at the forefront of implementing permissioned enterprise blockchain technology. Symbiont’s platform enables complex instruments to live out their entire lifecycle on a completely decentralized network with a single source of truth. Asset managers, banks and governments are working with Symbiont to develop new business lines, increase transparency, reduce risk, and save costs.
Specifically, Symbiont is working with Vanguard to transform multiple business lines; is working with a coalition of major banks and buy-side firms to speed up settlement times in syndicated loans (in a JV with Ipreo called Synaps); devising ‘Smart Securities’ for private companies, and working to transform the mortgage industry through its partnership with Ranieri Solutions, headed by father of the securitized mortgage market, Lewis Ranieri.
Mark will discuss Symbiont’s initiatives, as well as the broader questions of how blockchain is set to liberate the truth in existing capital markets infrastructure, how legacy players are likely to react, and what the business leads can expect from the technology going forward.
Mark’s talk will highlight how blockchain is more than just another ‘shiny object’ in a world of fintech fads. It’s a technology that is here to stay and is set to significantly impact the structure of the global financial system, regardless of what happens with Bitcoin, ICOs, or any other cryptocurrency.
Adryenn Ashley is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and investor. As a Startup Advisor her advice is sought after, whether for her abilities to viralize a global conversation, or increase a company’s revenue while streamling costs. Her expertise ranges everywhere from breaking into banks (security testing in the 1990’s), to being one of the first females in AI in the 2000’s, giving Ashley decades of experience in navigating the bleeding edge of what’s next. Recently having immersed herself in blockchain, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality, Ashley’s newest disrupt, Loly, aims to reinvent the way people meet, mingle, and make magic online. Funding Loly through an ICO is what inspired the content for her newest book, Minting the Future (Fall 2018).
In addition to being a tech entrepreneur, Ashley is a best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker. In 2015, she skillfully turned fan engagement into #SocialTV profits with CrowdedTV, the world’s first crowdfunding platform for broadcast television. Going a step further than just raising funds, CrowdedTV also recruited sponsorship and secured distribution. Using the CrowdedTV platform, Ashley’s first show, Wake Up!, went from idea to national broadcast television in under four months, and is in pre-production for a second season, as well as development for their first 360 sitcom, and a crypto-centric comedy news show.
With 15+ years experience in the technology sector, Santos leads the ManeCoin team as the Founder and CEO. As the pioneer in the on-demand wellness and beauty app space, Santos created the ManeStreem app which ManeStreem operates in key markets worldwide. ManeStreem has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of clients and hundreds of corporations, hotels and brands that outsource their internal beauty needs to ManeStreem’s platform.
A graduate of the Rider University, Santos led Digital First Media, a Google Partner organization, where he supervised the functioning of 8 offices and 100 employees. He’s also known for his pivotal leadership at TechMedia Network, where, under his leadership, the annual revenue grew by $40 MM in a period of less than a year, which led to the company’s acquisition by Purch, Inc. At Philly.com, Santos served as a senior leader and helped accomplish a record revenue growth in excess of $100 MM.
Mr. Sharma’s tenure started on Wall Street working for AllianceBernstein LP, an asset management company with over 890 Billion in assets under management. After Wall Street, Mr. Sharma worked with Social Media Companies in Silicon Valley and orchestrated over a billion dollars of private securities transactions. Most recently, Mr. Sharma has worked extensively with multi billion dollar five star hotels in multiple international domiciles to help improve their profitability and to obtain financing to better extract value from the hotel’s supply chain. Additionally, Mr. Sharma serves on the Board of Florida Smart Justice Alliance, a non profit organization focused to transform Florida’s Criminal Justice system by providing out of the box treatment solutions to current inmates. He currently presides as the Chief Strategist to a Healthcare Group and President to a global utilities company.
Zachary Reece is the Managing Partner of BlockTrade Investments. He also serves as the CEO of Carolina Investments. Zachary’s background came from both the tech industry, as well as the finance world. Zachary started as a lead developer for a Fortune 500 Company. After his project was acquired by another institution he turned his sights to finance. Becoming a Licensed Full Trader (Series 7 & 63 Licenses) in the process.
After the SEC and FINRA took a defensive posture, Zachary left the ‘Traditional Trading’ on the NYSE and committed full time to what he had traded for a decade. Since forming the 1st United States based Blockchain Investment Fund he has worked on multiple ICO projects as an advisor. He continues this work today.
Alex is a Senior Engineering Leader and Executive with over 20 years of experience in the Software and Security Industry. Prior to founding BitClave, a blockchain startup, Alex has served as the Founder and General Manager at whiteCryption, a security and cryptography-oriented company. Alex led whiteCryption to millions of dollars of revenue, while at the same time amassing numerous Fortune 500 clients.
More recently, Alex has served as the Chief Security Officer at LG Electronics, overseeing all product lines as well as heading a large effort to remodel and centralize the company’s security team. In the past, Alex has also held multiple leadership and engineering positions at companies such as NXP, Microsoft, and eBay.
His corporate experience aside, Alex’s true passion is building teams and products. Alex currently holds advisory and mentorship roles in ventures such as Alchemist Accelerator, Draper University, .406 Ventures, and HMG Strategy, LLC.
Alex holds MSc and BSc degrees in Computer Science and Math from Technion and the University of Tel Aviv.
Prior to Assembla, Jacek was the SVP of Engineering at Securelogix, where he led product development for the VoIP and SIP Security software business. He helped launch a new service platform into a Fortune 10 financial institution. Earlier in his career, Jacek founded a number of technology businesses in and around VoIP security and Fintech. Jacek holds Patents in the space and speaks frequently on topics such as Enterprise Cloud Version Control, Compliance, Data Security, Game Development and cloud software development. Jacek regularly advises South Texas incubators helping to grow the next generation of cloud based companies. Jacek holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
His honors include serving as President of the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, President of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology, and numerous other professional affiliations. ‘Being able to employ blockchain and artificial intelligence to develop revolutionary new medical technology to improve healthcare is a dream come true.
A Vietnam war refugee, Kim drifted at sea in a small boat for half a month without food or water. Kim was fortunately rescued and brought to Australia where Kim restarted life at 14. Four years later, Kim entered medical school and completed medical school at 23 with honors. Kim came to the U.S. under the Scientist with Extraordinary Ability program with the University of California system. Kim has written many scientific papers and textbooks. Kim’s earlier work was on fundamental radiological sciences on MRI, particularly on MR compatible interventional devices, brain cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
A highly sought-after trader, mentor, and business owner, Kunal Desai is the Founder & CEO of Bulls on CryptoStreet, the largest online community of cryptocurrency investors. The authority for all things crypto, Kunal founded Bulls on CryptoStreet to help teach new and experienced traders successful and safe methods of investing in cryptocurrencies. A top-producing trader since the Dotcom boom, Kunal is also the founder of Bulls on Wall Street, one of the fastest growing trading academies..
Daniel Leon is a business and social entrepreneur with a proven trackrecord of growing early-stage companies and building organizations from
the ground up. Daniel has co-founded and led multiple companies and not-for-profit organizations. Before Governing Dynamics, where he is a managing partner, he was CEO of Atlis Labs, a venture-backed local discovery platform powered by real-time customer referrals. Prior to that, Daniel served as CEO of Beyon3D and chairman of HereO. He was also general manager, of Ground Link, which raised more than $30 million in funding during his tenure. He started his career as vice president with the Gallup Organization. Daniel holds a degree in Economics from Brown University.He splits his time between New York and Tel Aviv.