Panel Discussion on Alternative Currencies and Payment Systems (Bitcoin and others)

Monday, December 8, 2014
05:30 PM Cocktails
06:15 PM Dinner
Down Town Association
60 Pine Street
New York, NY 10005

• Member/student: $80     • Guest: $110
• Bottle of wine: $35     • Cocktail: $9

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Moderated by Kathleen Hays from Bloomberg's "The Hays Advantage", featuring speakers Barry Silbert, Founder & CEO, Digital Currency Group (and Founder, Second Market), Savneet Singh President and co-Founder of Gold Bullion International, Mark Williams, Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer, Finance Department, Boston University School of Management, and Rodney Garrett, Vice President, Money and Payments Studies Function, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Barry Silbert is the Founder of Digital Currency Group, a company building the foundation for the digital currency revolution by investing, starting and growing companies in the Bitcoin space.

In addition, Barry also created the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private, open-ended trust that is invested exclusively in bitcoin and derives its value solely from the price of bitcoin. It enables investors to gain exposure to the price movement of bitcoin without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping bitcoins.

Barry is also one of the most prolific angel investors in the bitcoin space via his personal investment vehicle, Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., with investments in over 40 bitcoin-related companies, including BitGo, BitPay, BitPagos, BitPesa, Chain, Circle, Coinbase, Gyft, Kraken, Ripple Labs, TradeBlock, Unocoin and Xapo.

Savneet Singh was an investment analyst at Chilton Investment Company where he covered investments in the technology, alternative energy and infrastructure space. Prior to Chilton, Mr. Singh was at Morgan Stanley in the investment banking division where he worked on large financial sponsor and strategic company transactions. Mr. Singh received his B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and currently serves on the boards of Ecologic Solutions and Stiki Digital.

Mark T. Williams is an academic, author, columnist and risk management expert. Prior to joining Boston University he worked as a trust banker, senior trading floor executive and as a Federal Reserve Bank examiner.

Since 2002, he has been on the finance faculty at Boston University specializing in banking, energy and capital markets related matters. He teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 2008 he was awarded the Boston University Beckwith Prize for excellence in teaching.

Williams frequently appears in the national media and has been a guest columnist for the Financial Times, New York Times, Reuters.com, Forbes.com, Business Insider, Boston Globe and Foreign Policy Magazine. In 2010, his book Uncontrolled Risk, detailing the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers and root causes of the financial crisis was published by McGraw Hill. www.uncontrolledrisk.com. In 2013 he coauthored Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis. This work won a best book award at the New England Book Show.

Rod Garratt is a theorist who specializes in applied game theory. He is known for his work on strategic incentives in payment systems. He has also published theoretical and experimental work related to auctions and helped develop a growing literature on the role of speculators in auctions with resale. He pioneered the use of information-theoretic clustering techniques to describe behavior and identify risks in complex financial networks. Garratt received his PhD from Cornell University before spending over 20 years as a faculty member in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published in the top economics journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy. He has held visiting positions at UCLA, the University of Arizona and the Bank of England.

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