CoinSummit San Francisco Announces Itinerary and Speakers
Leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, including dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer, will headline the San Francisco event in March.
CoinSummit San Francisco, a two-day invitation-only event aiming to connect virtual currency entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors, hedge fund professionals and bitcoin enthusiasts, has revealed its preliminary agenda and speaker list.
Notably, Jackson Palmer, co-founder of Dogecoin, will be making his first public speaking appearance. Other speakers at this year's event include notable members of the bitcoin and digital currency community, such as; Nicolas Cary, CEO of Blockchain.info; Chris Larsen, CEO of Ripple Labs; and Alan Safahi, co-founder and CEO of ZipZap.
Angel investor Roger Ver, AngelList's Naval Ravikant, Ribbit Capital's Nick Shalek and Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners, will be representing the investment community, among other heavy hitters from Silicon Valley.
The second major event for CoinSummit, CoinSummit San Francisco is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Pamir Gelenbe, serial entrepreneur and partner at Hummingbird Ventures, and Gulnar Hasnain, former head of environment and sustainability strategy for the mayor of London.
Speaking to CoinDesk, Gelenbe said he felt there was a need for a high quality event focused on CEOs, founders, and investors, and that he and his co-founder chose San Francisco as the host city because the Bay Area is the "nexus of innovation" in the US and the world.
Gelenbe went on to discuss how he and Hasnain have focused on quality over quantity when compiling the guest list for the event, and that panels will be capped at two to three panelists to ensure a lively and focused debate.
Another differentiator, according to Gelenbe, will be the visually striking location, which he hopes will create an inspiring environment for networking and discussion.
Day one itinerary
Beginning on Tuesday 25th March, the first day will provide panels on investment opportunities in the bitcoin space, bitcoin's regulatory and legal challenges and the future of bitcoin mining, among other topics. Opening remarks will be given by Gelenbe at 10:30 (PST).
First-day speakers will include Carey, Larsen and Shalek, as well as; Patrick Murck, the Bitcoin Foundation's general counsel; Emmanuel Abiodun, CEO and founder of Cloudhashing.com; and a to-be-announced government representative.
Startup pitches will be heard from 14:00 to 15:00, and will feature a handpicked list of startups that Gelenbe believes deserve access to an audience of "the right people". He said:
Two one-hour intervals starting at 12:15 and 13:15 will provide for networking opportunities. Additionally, a cocktail party will be held from 17:45 to 20:00.
Day two itinerary
Wednesday's events will begin earlier in the day at 9:00 (PST) with a debate on the longevity of bitcoin and continue through 17:30 with closing remarks by Gelenbe.
Notable speakers contributing to day-two discussions include Nejc Kodric, co-founder and CEO of Bitstamp; Anthony Di Iorio, co-founder of Ethereum and Kryptokit; and Brock Pierce, investor and board member at the Mastercoin Foundation.
Day two will also feature two one-hour networking intervals. For a full list of speakers and an up-to-date schedule, click here.
Disclaimer: CoinDesk is a sponsor of CoinSummit San Francisco. CoinDesk founder Shakil Khan will also moderate a panel session on bitcoin angel investing.
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