This is the video of the HBS Alumni Angels of London event on September 26th 2017 - an expert panel discussion on blockchain, digital assets, and crypto currencies. The event was moderated by Nicolas Cary, Co-Founder and President at Blockchain with Daniel Masters, Chairman of XBT Provider and Global Advisors, Zeeshan Feroz, CEO (UK) of Coinbase, Jeremy Millar, Chief of Staff at ConsenSys, Danny Aranda Managing Director at Ripple, Alexander Shelkovnikov of Semantic Capital and Cyrus Fazel CEO of Swissborg.
Nicolas Cary - Co-Founder & President at Blockchain.com
Nicolas Cary is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong technologist. His company Blockchain is the world's leading digital assets software company. Blockchain has over 15 million users, they run the most widely trusted block explorer, and manage the most widely used developer platform in the digital assets eco-system. Blockchain has raised over $75 million from venture capital firms and institutional investors.
Winner of the 2015 European Digital Leader award for his inspiring and innovative contribution to initiate progress in the digital world, Nicolas has travelled globally focusing on FinTech and Entrepreneurial advocacy. His media appearances include the NYT, NPR, WSJ, Financial Times, Wired, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, CNET, World Economic Forum, OECD,Marketwatch and many more.
Daniel Masters, Chairman at XBT Provider and Global Advisors
Daniel is currently Chairman at XBT Provider, issuer of Europe’s only exchange traded bitcoin notes. He is also Co-Principal and Chief Investment Officer at Global Advisors, the team responsible for GABI (a Jersey based, actively managed, bitcoin investment strategy); and previously responsible for the Global Advisors Commodity Investment Fund and the Global Advisors Commodity Systematic Fund.
Before Global Advisors, Mr. Masters began his career in Oil and Energy trading for the likes of Shell, Solomon, and prior to co-founding Global Advisors in 1999, served as Global Head of Energy and Trading Business at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company (“MGT”) in New York (Now JPMorgan). Mr Masters has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics from Exeter University, UK; a Masters in Management Science and Operational Research from Imperial College, London, UK; and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from Penn State University.
Zeeshan Feroz - CEO (UK) at Coinbase
Zeeshan is the CEO (UK) of Coinbase, an online platform that allows merchants, consumers, and traders to transact with digital currency. Zeeshan has deep domain expertise in online/mobile payment solutions and is responsible for Coinbase’s operations in the EU. Coinbase was launched in 2012 with a mission to create an open financial system for the world and now has over 9.5M customers globally.
Danny Aranda - Managing Director, Europe at Ripple
Danny is the Managing Director for Europe at Ripple and leads business development efforts in the region. Ripple's mission is to create an Internet of Value, where money moves as easily as information. Today, Ripple is the leading blockchain-based infrastructure for global payments, with over 70 banks, payment providers and digital asset exchanges in its network.
Jeremy Millar - Chief of Staff at ConsenSys
Jeremy is the Chief of Staff at ConsenSys, overseeing enterprise activities and strategic initiatives of the firm. ConsenSys is one of the largest, blockchain technology specialists globally, with over 150 people in 14 countries. ConsenSys is one of the key shapers and developers of Ethereum with work in infrastructure and development tools, a venture studio, and enterprise solution development.
Alexander Shelkovnikov - Semantic Capital
Alex is the founder of Semantic Capital, which supports outstanding teams in building decentralised technology. Previously, he ran Deloitte’s corporate venture investments in the UK at Deloitte Ventures. Alex also founded and led Deloitte’s UK Blockchain business, and co-founded a blockchain-based identity management platform Smart ID. He has a PhD in Electronic Engineering.
Cyrus Fazel - CEO of SwissBorg
Cyrus is the founder and CEO of a SwissBorg a unique CyBer Bank powered by smart contracts and based on a Swiss meritocratic system. A multicultural fintech professional with more than a decade of experience in asset management and algorithmic trading, he has applied his analytical skills towards building his blockchain based banking platform.