Speakers 2017

Programming Now In Development

Our speaker lineup for the December 4, 2017 Future of Money & Technology Summit is currently in development. If you would like to be considered for a speaking position now, please submit a speaker application.


Naveed Anwar, Capital One, Managing VP Platform, Strategic Integrations & Community

Naveed leads a team that shapes the platform for strategic partners and developers to interact with Capital One. In this role, he leads platform strategy, strategic partner integrations, and evangelism to the developer ecosystem. All aspects of serving customer needs are combined under one roof so that the team can solution design, integrate, iterate, and execute to win customers’ hearts and minds. A Silicon Valley technologist, Naveed is drawn to developing what’s next, creating processes, platforms, and products from scratch for customers and internal stakeholders. Follow on Twitter: @nanwar / @CapitalOne

Bill Barhydt, Abra, CEO & Founder

Bill’s passion is information technology and how it can be used to improve people’s lives. Prior to Abra, he co-founded Boom Financial, where he also serves as Chairman. He gave the first TED talk on Bitcoin in 2012, and serves as an advisor and mentor to Boost.VC, a Bitcoin-focused incubator fund. Bill won the Technology Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum in 2000 for his work at WebSentric, the first online meeting service that required no software install, and has consulted to federal and international regulators on the impact of digital currencies and decentralized transaction systems. In addition to co-founding and advising multiple start-ups, including m-Via, Sennari, Plaxo and KnowNow, Bill worked for Goldman Sachs, NASA and the CIA. Follow on Twitter: @AbraGlobal

Benjamin Black, Akkadian Ventures, Managing Director & Co-Founder

Benjamin Black is the Managing Director & Co-founder of Akkadian Ventures, investing in growth-stage technology companies and providing alternative liquidity solutions to entrepreneurs, angel investors, VC funds, and employees. Ben is a fifteen-year veteran of the private equity space, and has managed successful investments in Splunk, DocuSign, RocketFuel, Palantir, Cloudmark, Ooyala, Citizenhawk, The Villa, Automattic and Telephia. Prior to Akkadian, Ben co-founded New Cycle Capital with Josh Becker to bring socially responsible investing to sectors like clean energy and social finance with seed investments in Renewable Funding and Opower. He started his investing career on the investment teams at Maveron and Rosewood Capital where he focused on branded consumer products and services. As a hobby, Ben enjoys developing restaurants and partnered with Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino to bring Cockscomb to SOMA. Follow on Twitter: @benjamindblack / @AkkadianVC

Sangeeta Chakraborty, Ayasdi, CCO

As the Chief Customer Officer of Ayasdi, Sangeeta Chakraborty focuses on the design, development and deployment of intelligent applications at some of the world’s largest and most complex enterprises. In her work at Ayasdi she worked with Citi on a number of regulatory risk items stemming from Ayasdi’s pioneering work with the bank on CCAR. Additionally, Sangeeta pioneered the development of a Center of Excellence at HSBC to capitalize on the gains made achieved by applying artificial intelligence to the bank’s anti-money laundering efforts.

Previously, she served as VP of Professional Services for Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions for governments. She built multiple professional services practices across a number of successful startups including Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare), Inquira (acquired by Oracle) and Interwoven. She began her career in consulting with Tata, Fujitsu and Vitria, and earned her BS in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India and her MBA from UC Berkeley. Follow on Twitter: @sangeeta_ch / @Ayasdi

David Galvan, MasterCard International, VP Business Development & Strategic Alliances

David Galvan is a technology and internet veteran, with over 25 years of business and operating experience in Silicon Valley. He is currently VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for MasterCard International, where he focuses on digital partnerships, relationships and investments with emerging companies in the Fintech space in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, Galvan was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for 24 Hour Fitness, the largest privately owned U.S. fitness club chain in the United States, serving nearly four million members in more than 420 clubs. Galvan was hired by Private Equity firm Forstmann Little to prep the Company for sale after a failed attempt in 2012. Galvan oversaw business and operational management of the 24HF Personal Fitness Business, Retail Business, Corp/Healthcare Sales, Sponsorship Sales, and Real Estate Development Team. He was also responsible for all new and legacy deals and strategic partnerships for entire Company. 24 Hour Fitness was successfully sold to an investor group led by AEA Investors for $1.85B in June 2014, after which the Forstmann Little team sold their stakes and left the organization.

Before 24HF, Galvan was Chief Executive Officer at The Learning Annex, where he was recruited by the founder, Bill Zanker, to bring the successful offline educational business to the web via an online marketplace. Galvan was also President/Head of BD at Schedulicity, a leading online scheduling service for appointment-based businesses. Galvan has also held senior leadership and operating roles at Topix, InfoGroup, Yahoo, AOL/Netscape, and Motorola.

He is a frequent speaker on the Payments, Digital Commerce and the Search/Local Marketplace scene. A native Californian, Galvan is a graduate of Stanford University.

Rodolfo Gonzalez, Foundation Capital, Partner

Rodolfo is fascinated by financial disintermediation, peer-to-peer funding, and bringing transparency and simplicity to the consumer experience. As a kid, he wanted to be a professional soccer player or movie actor; but he grew into an adult with a passion for promoting economic growth and inclusion through innovation in financial services. He was 17 when he co-founded his first startup, Mexplosion, to host the Mexican qualifiers for the World Cyber Games e-gaming competition in 2001. His second and more recent entrepreneurial venture was a crowdfunding platform for social enterprises called YouVest. Follow on Twitter: @fifaifofo / @FoundationCap

Marshall Hayner, Metal, CEO

Marshall Hayner is CEO of Metal, a blockchain based payment processing company. Marshall has an extensive background with digital currency and the legal cannabis industry. Having started the first Facebook integrated bitcoin wallet “QuickCoin” in 2014, Marshall has worked on numerous digital currency projects including Dogecoin, Stellar, Block.io and more. Follow on Twitter:@marshallhayner / @metalpaysme

Sean Ironstag, Auryn Capital, Founder

Sean Ironstag is the founder and managing partner of Auryn Capital–a Berkshire Hathaway style crypto holding company for a crypto hedge fund, a token accelerator, an algorithmic arbitrage platform, a light pool (rebranded crypto darkpool), and more.

Before founding Auryn, Sean made millions as a crypto trader (with a background in the foreign exchange markets). He then started the Advanced Crypto Asset Trading group to share his knowledge of the crypto markets with others.

Currently Sean, along with a handful of other titans in the realms of finance are developing a universal basic asset token called Karma to solve the fast approaching and major issue of job deletion.

Sean is also the founder of Portal, a decentralized, members owned property matrix with a 40 acre retreat space in the Santa Cruz Mountains and 500 acres in Uganda that will soon be handed over to refugees in the area and utilized as a testing ground for new systems of civilization on mass scale.

Steven Kirsch, Token, CEO

Steve Kirsch is the CEO of Token, a Silicon Valley startup company developing a modern platform for open banking. He has pioneered several core computer technologies (optical mouse, desktop publishing, Internet search, spam filtering, and secure identity) and founded 7 high tech companies, two with billion dollar market caps (Infoseek and Frame Technology). He received BS/MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1980. Follow on Twitter: @stkirsch

Ken Kruszka, SnapCheck, Founder & CEO

Ken is a FinTech and Mobile Payments pioneer, who holds the distinction of being the first person to send $1 around the world by mobile. Ken’s 15+ years in FinTech have included commercializing the first mobile remittance service in the US as well as launching the first global mobile bank account.

In his current role, Ken leads SnapCheck in revolutionizing business-to-business payments: eliminating $50 Billion in costs, removing $20 Billion in fraud. Follow on Twitter: @kenkruszka / @goSnapCheck

Lindsay Lin, Lightyear.io, Counsel & Program Manager

Lindsay Lin is Counsel and Program Manager at Lightyear.io, a company powered by the Stellar Network. She has advised and written extensively on legal issues surrounding token sales, token exchanges, and asset-backed tokens. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lindsay has experience with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division and is actively involved in the Silicon Valley blockchain community. @StellarOrg

Miko Matsumura, Evercoin, Founder

Miko Matsumura is a Limited Partner with the Pantera Capital ICO fund and a founder of the cryptocurrency exchange Evercoin. He is based in silicon valley and is an active angel investor as well as a former LP with Focus Ventures. He is also the co-organizer and founder of the San Francisco Crypto Underground Meetups. His career spans 25 years in Silicon Valley principally developing venture-backed startups. Follow on Twitter: @mikojava / @everc0in

Bill Melton, Omnyway, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Bill Melton is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Office of Omnyway. Bill Melton’s background also includes Founder of VeriFone (Acquired by HP), Board Member of AOL, Founder/ CEO of Cybercash, GP of GIV Venture Partners, Founder of Transaction Network Services (IPO), PayPal Angel Funder, Founder/ CEO of Real-Share.

Sheel Mohnot, 500 Startups, Partner

Sheel helps to design, build, and improve human ecosystems through technology, as a creator or an investor/partner. He is an investing partner with 500 startups, a seed-stage VC and accelerator. He leads FinTech investments for the fund. His recent startup experience includes 2 successful exits – one in the payments space and another in the high-stakes auction space. He also co-founded a food company called Thistle and runs a podcast called The Pitch. On the podcast, founders pitch Sheel and a panel of angel investors.

His past includes time at the management consulting firm BCG and the non-profit Kiva, an MBA from the University of Michigan and BS from Carnegie Mellon. Follow on Twitter: @pitdesi

Brett Murray, JPMorgan Chase, Executive Director / Head of West Coast Innovation Studios

Brett Murray, with over 20 years of Silicon Valley experience, joined JPMorgan Chase in San Francisco to oversee and expand their west coast design and product innovation efforts beyond their current bases of San Francisco and Seattle. Acting as the Chief of Staff for JPMC’s global Chief Experience Officer, he was brought in due to his extensive customer-centric marketing background, as well as his expertise in blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Brett has a deep background in marketing and communications having run multiple executive-level groups at well-known companies such as NVIDIA Corporation, Nokia, Apple, TiVo, and Handspring. He also has held lead marketing roles at several Silicon Valley-based startups, most recently View, Inc. a 500+ person late stage startup that has raised over $750M.

Brett holds a degree in International Politics jointly granted by the University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of Copenhagen (Københavns Universitet), Denmark. Follow on Twitter: @oyinbo

Ben Narasin, Canvas Ventures, General Partner

Ben Narasin is a Partner at Canvas, focused on early-stage venture investments in mobile, fintech, and marketplaces/eCommerce as well as exciting, new categories. He was an active institutional seed investor for eight years before joining Canvas. During that time, Ben invested in 75 companies including Lending Club, Check, Kabbage, Realty Mogul, Dropcam, Zenefits, and many more world-class startups. Fifty percent of the companies he seeded in his first 6 years of seed investing have gone on to raise follow-on venture capital.

An entrepreneur since the age of twelve, Ben ran various startups through high school and college before founding Boston Prepatory Company, a menswear company. He then founded Fashionmall.com in 1993, one of the first e-commerce companies on the Web and the first cost-per-click based business, which he took public in 1999 on the NASDAQ. Follow on Twitter: @BNarasin / @CanvasVC

Samvit Ramadurgam, Equidate, Co-CEO

Samvit went through the Y Combinator program and started his first venture-backed company when he was nineteen years old. Prior to starting Equidate, Samvit co-founded Streem, a cloud storage company which was acquired by Box before it’s IPO in 2014. Samvit is an active angel investor and has invested in over 80 startups through S2 Capital, where he serves as founding partner. Follow on Twitter: @rsamvit / @equidate

David S. Rose, Gust, Founder & CEO

David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur, super angel investor, best selling author and keynote speaker who has founded or funded over 100 pioneering companies.

Founder and CEO of Gust, and Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels, David has been described by Forbes as “New York’s Archangel”, by BusinessWeek as a “world conquering entrepreneur”, by Crain’s New York Business as “the father of angel investing in New York”, and by Red Herring magazine as “patriarch of Silicon Alley”. He is the New York Times best selling author of Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups and The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business. Follow on Twitter: @davidsrose / @gustly

Lee Schneider, Debevoise & Plimpton, Head of FinTech

Lee A. Schneider is a financial services and technology lawyer who heads the FinTech and broker-dealer practices at Debevoise & Plimpton. At the beginning of 2017, he started the podcast “Appetite for Disruption”, which focuses on the FinTech industry. He is also a co-author of a securities law framework for blockchain tokens.

johnshinalJohn Shinal, CNBC.com, Technology reporter

John Shinal is a technology reporter for CNBC.com in San Francisco, covering consumer internet companies, including Google and Facebook, and their impact on consumers, advertisers, and investors. Previously, shinal wrote the New Tech Economy column for USAToday.com. He’s covered tech and financial markets for two decades at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, Dow Jones MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal Digital Network, and Entrepreneur.com. Follow on Twitter: @johnshinal

Mike Sigal, 500 Startups Fintech Fund, Partner

Mike Sigal is a Partner at 500 Startups Fintech Fund and San Francisco-based Fintech accelerator. With over 200 investments in 26 countries, including Credit Karma, Grab, RealtyShares, Simple (acquired by BBVA) and Stripe, 500 Startups is the world’s most active early-stage venture fund and accelerator supporting the digital transformation of financial services.

Over the past 8 years, Mike’s been aligned with the accelerating innovation in the global financial services industry. As Founding Executive Producer of SWIFT’s Innotribe Startup Challenge and Industry Challenge programs, Mike built the world’s largest FinTech startup competition that has resulted in an estimated $650M in investments, acquisitions and partnerships between participating startups, SWIFT’s member institutions and FinTech investors globally. He current serves as Senior Advisor to SWIFT Innotribe, Silicon Valley Ambassador for InnovateFinance, and an Advisor to the Direct Finance Institute and the UN’s ID2020 initiative.

Mike’s spent 25 years working in the global startup ecosystem as an entrepreneur & innovation advisor, including as founder of 6 companies (3 exits, 1 IPO) and advisor to dozens of institutions on startup-led innovation strategies. He’s an active startup mentor and frequent speaker at startup and FinTech conferences. Follow on Twitter: @mikesigal

Kelli Thompson, CannaCraft, Inc., VP Finance

Kelli Thompson is the Vice President of Finance at CannaCraft, Inc, the largest vertically integrated cannabis company in California. Previously, Kelli worked for The Project Foundry providing leadership and project management expertise to the European technology market. In addition to her previously role as Finance Manager of Three Twins Ice Cream, she also founded KL Thompson Consulting which offered strategic design, project and program management, full cycle accounting and client relations support. Kelli graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Master of Business Administration.

Eric Wiesen, Bullpen Capital, General Partner

Eric joined Bullpen in 2015 from RRE Ventures, where he was a General Partner. Current areas of focus include financial services and technology, consumer products and manufacturing, marketing technology and next-generation computer interfaces. Much of his investing philosophy and approach is informed by his experiences as a two-time founder, first in the 3D Graphics hardware space and later in the enterprise software/ERP sector. Eric is also an attorney, and practiced in the corporate group at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. As an undergraduate, he was an intern in the only very famous White House internship class. Eric holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia.

Eric is currently a board member at Imgix and Yieldbot and an advisor to several companies. Successful prior investments include Braintree (acq: PYPL), Flipswap (acq: Hyla Mobile), Hyperpublic (acq: GRPN), Makerbot (acq: SSYS), TapCommerce (acq: TWTR), Singleplatform (acq: CTCT), and Venmo (acq: Braintree). He also sourced or led a number of other investments including Bark & Co., Collective Health, NerdWallet, Paperless Post, Sailthru, Viglink, and YipitData. Follow on Twitter: @ewiesen / @bullpencap

Mary Wisniewski, American Banker, Fintech Reporter & Deputy Editor

Mary is the deputy editor of American Banker’s BankThink blog. She also writes on a variety of subjects as part of American Banker‘s fintech team. Previously, she was a blogger and editor at Bank Innovation. She also served as a fashion editor for National Jeweler, where she reported on fashion shows and jewelry news. Mary grew up in the Michigan suburbs and now lives in LA with a maltipoo, two record players and an espresso machine. Mary is endlessly curious and follows anything that grabs her. Current interests include fintech, literature, travel, good conversation, Cat Stevens and whiskey. Follow on Twitter: @MaryMWisniewski / @AmerBanker

brianzisk1Brian Zisk, Future of Money & Technology Summit, Executive Producer

Brian Zisk is a serial entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. He is a founder of BuzzMakers, Inc., which produces the Future of Money & Technology Summit and the SF MusicTech Summit. He is a co-founder of the SF MusicTech Fund. Additionally, Brian is a Co-Founder and Technologies Director of the Future of Music Coalition and a Board Member and/or Strategic Advisor for a wide variety of tech companies and non-profits. Brian was previously a founder of The Green Witch Internet Radio which was sold to CMGI (NASDAQ: CMGI) at the turn of the millennium. He is active in many influential computer-mediated forums, is quoted and published extensively in the media, frequently appears on panels and at industry events domestically and abroad, and is an expert at frenzy whipping, brand awareness, and in creating new business models. Follow Brian on Twitter: @zisk