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
Sangeeta Chakraborty is the Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi where she is focused on delivering the highest quality personalized service experience for each of Ayasdi’s customers. Most recently, Sangeeta served as VP of Professional Services for Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions for governments. Prior to Ayasdi, Sangeeta built multiple professional services practices across a number of successful startups including Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare), Inquira (acquired by Oracle) and Interwoven. Sangeeta began her career in consulting with Tata, Fujitsu and Vitria. She earned her BS in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India and her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Follow on Twitter: @sangeeta_ch / @Ayasdi
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
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
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.
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.
John 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
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
Brian 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