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Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

Howard Chao

Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

Nick Sramek (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

Nick Sramek

Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.

Nick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

Elvira Amanova (Business Development at ArrowLabs)

Elvira Amanova

Business Development at ArrowLabs

Elvira is responsible for the Business Development at ArrowLabs. She has more than 10 years of business development experience for tech startups and 4 years of crypto VC experience

Kristin Boggiano (President and Co-Founder of Crosstower)

Kristin Boggiano

President and Co-Founder of Crosstower

Kristin is the Co-Founder and President of CrossTower, a global cryptocurrency exchange, ranked 4th in the world by CryptoCompare, with offices in India, Bermuda and the United States. Kristin is a structured products, regulatory, and digital asset expert with over 20 years of experience in capital markets on the buy-side and sell-side. Prior to founding CrossTower, Kristin was the Chief Legal Officer at AlphaPoint, Managing Director of an algorithmic trading platform at Guggenheim, and Special Counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel. While at Schulte Roth, Kristin founded the Structured Products and Derivatives division and led the regulatory group for Dodd Frank. Kristin also founded the Digital Asset Legal Alliance (DARLA) and Women in Derivatives (WIND). Kristin earned her law degree and MBA at Northeastern University and holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Brian Brooks (CEO of BitFury)

Brian Brooks

CEO of BitFury

Brian P. Brooks is the CEO of the Bitfury Group. Most recently, Mr. Brooks served as Chief Executive Officer of digital asset exchange and marketplace Binance.US.

Previously, from May 2020 to January 2021, Mr. Brooks served as the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, where he was the administrator of the federal banking system and the chief executive of the 3,500-employee federal agency responsible for chartering and supervising banks comprising 70 percent of all banking activity in the United States. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a voting member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Often referred to in the media as “the first fintech Comptroller” and “CryptoComptroller” for his work advancing financial innovation, Mr. Brooks led the government’s efforts to provide regulatory clarity for stablecoins, digital asset custody, and the development of blockchain payment networks, and granted the first federal bank charter to a cryptocurrency company. He also launched Project REACh, a national partnership of civil rights organizations, tech companies, and banks to promote financial inclusion through greater access to credit and capital.

From 2018 to 2020, Mr. Brooks served as Chief Legal Officer of Coinbase Global, Inc., where he led legal, compliance, internal audit, government relations, and global investigations groups at the digital asset platform. From 2014 to 2018, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Fannie Mae, a $3.2 trillion asset public company that is the world’s largest investor in single-family and multifamily mortgage assets, and from 2011 to 2014, as Vice Chairman of OneWest Bank, N.A. Before joining OneWest Bank, N.A., he served as managing partner of O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Brooks also serves as an adviser or board member for a number of financial and fintech companies. Mr. Brooks received his BA from Harvard University and his JD from the University of Chicago.

Tom Brown (Partner and General Counsel at NYCA Partners)

Tom Brown

Partner and General Counsel at NYCA Partners

Tom is a Partner and General Counsel of NYCA. Prior to joining NYCA, Tom spent twenty-five years as an attorney and angel investor in the FinTech space. He started his career defending Visa from antitrust attack and went inhouse at Visa where he served as the catalyst for the company’s reorganization and public offering. Returning to private practice, he secured notable victories for eBay and PayPal in antitrust litigation challenging the acquisition of PayPal and integration of PayPal into the eBay marketplace, served as counsel of record for Bill Me Later in the case challenging the white label origination model, and obtained the first ever no-action letter from the CFPB on behalf of Upstart. Immediately prior to joining NYCA, he was the co-chair of the FinTech and chair of the Competition practices at Paul Hastings, where he remains a policy advisor. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Editorial Board of the ABA’s Antitrust Law Journal. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Reuven Cohen (Founder / CEO of Award Pool)

Reuven Cohen

Founder / CEO of Award Pool

Reuven is a successful entrepreneur, founder and thought leader in cloud computing, advisor and instigator of all things tech and creative.
As an active mentor, advisor, angel and instigator, Reuven is intimately involved in the startup scene around the globe. Reuven is an early creator of infrastructure as a service (2003) and thought-leader in cloud computing as the founder of one of the first cloud companies.

Terry Culver (CEO of Digital Finance Group)

Terry Culver

CEO of Digital Finance Group

Terry Culver is CEO of Digital Finance Group (DFG) U.S.A and Executive Director of Digital Finance Group, a global firm that specializes in blockchain, digital assets investments and operations. He is also CEO of Ethereum Classic Labs, leading supporter of Ethereum Classic (ETC), a public blockchain with a market cap of $1.5B. Terry is also an independent director of First Seafront Fund Management Co. Ltd., a mutual fund with more than $6B under management, Chairman of Digital Custody Inc., Director of LedgerX, Director of Matrix Exchange Ltd., and Senior Advisor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Having served as an Economic and Technology Policy Advisor for the United Nations and for governments in Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, India, and Bolivia, among others, Terry is an expert on enterprise development and emerging.

Donnie Dinch (CEO of Bitski)

Donnie Dinch

CEO of Bitski

Designer turned CEO Donnie Dinch leads Bitski to power a commerce layer of metaverse that connects virtual worlds - whether they’re games, social platforms or brand experiences - through NFTs. Bitski helps creators, brands and developers easily create and sell NFTs, while also supporting their customers with an easy-to-use wallet that allows users to purchase, store and use NFTs across worlds. Before Bitski, Donnie founded music technology company WillCall which was acquired by Ticketfly. Donnie then led the consumer product team to contribute to Pandora’s $450M acquisition of Ticketfly. Donnie is also a member of Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

Arif Khan (Founder of Alethea AI)

Arif Khan

Founder of Alethea AI

Arif Khan is the CEO and co-founder of Alethea AI, a decentralized protocol to create an Intelligent Metaverse inhabited by interactive and intelligent NFTs (iNFTs). As originators of the iNFT standard, Alethea AI is on the cutting edge of embedding AI animation, interaction and generative AI capabilities into NFTs. Developers can use the iNFT protocol to Create, Train and Earn from their iNFTs in the world’s first Intelligent Metaverse known as Noah’s Ark. As creators of the First ever iNFT, Alethea partnered with the leading auction house Sotheby’s to create and auction the first interactive and intelligent NFT, Alice. Alethea’s protocol is backed by leading institutions like Metapurse, Bitkraft, Dapper Labs, Galaxy Interactive, Gemini, Mark Cuban, Crypto.com, Multicoin, IDEO and others.

Arif has been regularly invited to speak at major global events like The World Economic Forum, World Web Forum, and has guest lectured at the Singapore Management University’s MBA program. He is a top writer for Artificial Intelligence on Medium.com and his work has been covered or featured in CBS, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal & The New York Times.

Sam Doctor (Chief Strategy Officer at BitOoda)

Sam Doctor

Chief Strategy Officer at BitOoda

Sam leads BitOoda’s research and advisory business line, which includes crypto research across projects, use cases as well as Bitcoin mining analyses focused on mining profitability, risk factors and the role of Bitcoin in the renewable / green grid transition.

A veteran finance professional with over 20 years of research experience, he formerly worked at JP Morgan in New York and Asia, and most recently as the Head of Data Science and Quant Research at Fundstrat Global Advisors. He began his career in technology equity research, followed by several years in macro portfolio strategy and quant equity strategy research before diving into crypto research and strategy five years ago.

Sam holds an MBA from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and is an Electronics and Semiconductor engineer from the University of Mumbai, India. He holds his Series 7, 63, 79, 86 and 87 licenses with FINRA.

Robert Fellinger (Director, Head of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Investment Banking at BTIG, LLC)

Robert Fellinger

Director, Head of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Investment Banking at BTIG, LLC

Robert Fellinger is a Director and Head of BTIG Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Investment Banking. Prior to BTIG, Mr. Fellinger was a Founding Partner at Blocklink Ventures, a data driven digital assets investment firm that was an early investor in several well-known protocol teams as well as an active trader of liquid tokens. Previously, he was an Investment Banker doing M&A work at Evercore, where he served as a generalist across industries but with an emphasis on financials and technology. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fellinger also held roles as an Associate at BlackRock, where he gained exposure to a wide variety of asset classes and supported several desks in their respective mandates, and as a Manager at American Express where he worked in underwriting and managed a portfolio of global SME credits.

Max Fiege (Co-Founder of FIAT DAO)

Max Fiege

Co-Founder of FIAT DAO

Max Fiege is one of four initial core contributors to FIAT DAO. He previously worked at BarnBridge, another Ethereum DeFi protocol, and Signum Growth Capital, a FINRA-registered broker dealer specializing in digital assets and gaming. Prior to making the jump to the industry, Max worked for entities like Deloitte and Touche, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Brookings Institute. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, and previously received both the Series 7 and 79 licenses.

John Fiorelli (Regional Partner at Kenetic)

John Fiorelli

Regional Partner at Kenetic

John Fiorelli is the Founder of Myelin, an advisory firm supporting blockchain companies in product-market fit, ecosystem development, business development, and token economics. Based in Hong Kong, Myelin’s strengths lie in supporting market expansion with an emphasis in bridging divides between Asia / Pacific and North America. Myelin's been privileged to supports client like the Blockdaemon and Flipside Crypto.

Prior to Myelin, John formed Kenetic’s advisory business, assisting blockchain projects in token economics, market development, and business development. John currently serves as Regional Partner of Kenetic’s investment arm with a focus on early-stage token and equity investments.

David Galvan (VP Digital Partnerships at Mastercard)

David Galvan

VP Digital Partnerships at Mastercard

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 and Innovation, Digital Commerce and Marketplace scene. A native Californian, Galvan is a graduate of Stanford University.

Pete Howroyd (CEO and Founder of Swapi)

Pete Howroyd

CEO and Founder of Swapi

Expert in Customer Loyalty Programs & CRM. Founder of SWAPI & The Loyalty People. International experience in both an executive and non-executive capacity. Significant experience in company due diligence, business strategy, customer transformation, change management, and restructuring. Rapid contribution to new and complex situations, plus the ability to deliver successful projects on time.

Aidan Hyman (Co-Founder and CEO of ChainSafe Systems)

Aidan Hyman

Co-Founder and CEO of ChainSafe Systems

Aidan is a co-founder and CEO of ChainSafe Systems. He is also a big advocate for open source projects and code. In addition, Aidan is a Certified Scrum Master and oversees all of ChainSafe’s work. For fun Aidan likes to read about economic theory while wearing homemade Linux hats. github.com/chainsafe

Adam Jackson (Founder & CEO of Braintrust)

Adam Jackson

Founder & CEO of Braintrust

Adam is a serial technology entrepreneur and investor that has spent his career creating and deploying capital into software systems that make complex tasks simple and intuitive. He's started 4 VC-backed companies and an asset management company over the last 16 years.

Since August, 2017 he has served as Managing Partner & CTO of Cambrian Asset Management, a blockchain asset management company. He is also co-founder and CEO of Freelance Labs, Inc., the company building a new tokenized talent network called Braintrust which raised a $5m seed round in 2018.

In 2012, he co-founded and served as CEO of Doctor On Demand, a healthcare service that provides Video Visits with board-certified physicians and psychologists. Doctor On Demand delivers services through employers, health systems, health plans, and directly to consumers and has raised $165M in VC.

His previous business, DriverSide was founded in 2007 and was acquired by Advance Auto Parts in September of 2011.

His first venture-backed business, MarketSquare, founded in 2004, was the first online local shopping destinations on the Internet. It was acquired by Intuit in September of 2006.

He is an angel investor in 45+ companies/projects, including: Bolt, Placer, Aktana, Skale Labs, Protocol Labs, JCTurbo, Apero Health, Rapportive, MyTime, Automatic, Womply, Superhuman and Zenefits.

Ken Kruger (CEO of Moon)

Ken Kruger

CEO of Moon

Ken Kruger is the founder and CEO of Moon. Prior to starting Moon, Ken ran a software consulting company that helped venture backed startups in NY build tech products. Before that, he founded a gesture recognition company that applied machine learning to inertial sensor data. Prior to entering the startup world, Ken worked at Lockheed Martin as a software engineer and product manager on classified military projects. Ken studied financial engineering at Columbia University where he received an M.S in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Chris Lawlor (President & Chief Strategy Officer at Black Creek Crypto)

Chris Lawlor

President & Chief Strategy Officer at Black Creek Crypto

Chris Lawlor is the co-founder, President, and Chief Strategy Officer of Black Creek Crypto, an immersion-focused bitcoin mining company. Prior to Black Creek, Chris co-founded TQ Tezos, a ~70 person NYC-based software company supporting Tezos, the first global Proof of Stake blockchain and smart contract platform, which launched in 2018. He also served on the investment committee for the Tezos Foundation (~$2B AUM) and led its US-based strategic venture investing. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where he teaches the graduate level course “Entrepreneurship in a Globalized World.”

Jaime Leverton (CEO of Hut 8)

Jaime Leverton

CEO of Hut 8

Jaime Leverton is the CEO of Hut 8 Mining.

As a transformational leader with a proven track record for accelerating growth, Jaime Leverton has served as the driving force behind the operational re-imagining of some of Canada’s most important technology companies.

Throughout a career spanning more than 20 years, Jaime has served in a series of increasingly senior executive roles with eStruxture Data Centers, Cogeco Peer 1, National Bank, BlackBerry, Bell Canada, and IBM Canada.

Jaime has a Master's of Business Administration, Marketing Informatics from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Political Science from the University of Ottawa. Jaime sits on the board of the Stratford Festival, TECHNATION and the Merry-Go-Round Children's Foundation.

An avid runner, reader and bitcoin advocate, Jaime lives in Toronto with her husband, their two daughters and their dog, Dexter.

Ryan Li (CTO at CyberConnect)

Ryan Li

CTO at CyberConnect

Ryan Li is the CTO of CyberConnect with previous work experience at Google and Instagram. In 2017, along with the rest of our founding team, Ryan built Lino blockchain & DLive.tv, the biggest blockchain-based live streaming platform, which were acquired by BitTorrent in early 2020. DLive.tv had ~1 million daily active users & partnered with PewDiePie, the #1 YouTuber.

Brian Mahoney (CSO / Cofounder of Alkemi Network)

Brian Mahoney

CSO / Cofounder of Alkemi Network

Brian is Chief Strategy Officer and Cofounder of Alkemi Network. He has 10+ years of experience in capital markets and fintech. He oversees strategy, growth, and investor relations at Alkemi Network. Before Alkemi, he led Corporate Development at AlphaPoint, a digital asset exchange infrastructure provider, and drove the company's capital raising and strategic growth initiatives. Prior to that, he held roles at ARC Capital, Reitler Advisory, HSBC Bank, and Lazard, where he sourced & executed a variety of growth equity and leveraged buyout transactions.



Mr. Mahoney holds a Finance Degree from the University of Iowa which he received in May 2012. Outside of work, he can be found writing about balance, playing hockey, expanding his perspective, and thinking about the future of technology.

Borja Martel (Co-Founder of Lemon)

Borja Martel

Co-Founder of Lemon

Borja is Co-Founder at Lemon Cash, an Argentine Fintech that provides dual PSP Services (Crypto & Traditional Payments) in Latin America with over USD 17M+ in Funding, a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum, former G20 YEA delegate for Argentina and a Global Ambassador for Draper University, part of the DVN Network.
Prior to this, he led Business Development at Signatura after co-founding a Marketing & Sales Startup - Mana -.
Prior to this, Borja comes from an Entrepreneurial background, working under the Customer Development Framework, studying agile methodologies and integral tools (DT, VPD, etc.), mentoring several Entrepreneurs at the Scalabl Entrepreneurship Academy & Incubator and organizing Trama's Bootcamp, a 150 people 3 day event, that teaches entrepreneurship tools to high potential students across Argentina.
He is a native Spanish & English speaker, with active studies on French. At his young age, he has lived and worked in Spain (MA), United States (NY) and Argentina (BA).

Chris Mays (CTO and Co-Founder of Swapi)

Chris Mays

CTO and Co-Founder of Swapi

Chris specializes in the design and architecture of multi-million-pound SaaS, mobile and point of sale platforms. Co-Founder of Swapi. Has been instrumental in innovating and delivering B2B stored value payment platforms for Tesco, TUI, Halfords and Apple and implementing an award-winning lean gift card fulfilment system. Has over 10 years experience at C level, executive and non-executive director positions, building and leading dev-ops teams creating solutions from the ground-up at scale and at pace.

Lindsey Newton (Consulting CFO at Upside)

Lindsey Newton

Consulting CFO at Upside

Lindsey Newton has been a finance executive at high-growth startups for 11+ years, most recently at Off the Grid, where she was nominated for Bay Area CFO of the Year in 2019.
Lindsey started her career with PwC, working on audit and consulting engagements within the Private Company Services division. She holds a C.P.A in the state of California.

Gideon Nweze (Founder of Diba)

Gideon Nweze

Founder of Diba

Gideon founded Diba to help millions of people understand, own, and collect non-custodial digital assets issued on Bitcoin.

Gideon has been involved with blockchain technology since 2016. He has worked with several blockchain projects and founded World Blockchain Hackathon and The Babylon project - hosting dev communities from 69 countries organically reaching 2.4 million viewers. From his work and deeper research into blockchain, Gideon solidified his belief in Bitcoin and wanted to further build on top of this decentralized foundation, which is the future of humanity.

He spent 5 years in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he obtained his college degree in Nanotechnology and MicroElectronics Engineering & Minor in Physics.

He is equally an On Deck founder fellow.

Jonathan Padilla (CEO and Co-Founder of Snickerdoodle Labs)

Jonathan Padilla

CEO and Co-Founder of Snickerdoodle Labs

Jonathan Padilla is the CEO and Co-Founder at Snickerdoodle Labs. He was most recently the Head of Blockchain Strategy at PayPal and the Deputy Director at Stanford’s Future of Digital Currency Initiative. He has served in a number of diverse positions ranging from time in the White House during the first term of President Obama to time at Google where he worked on clean energy at Google.org to working in venture capital outfits in California and in East Africa. He has additionally run political campaigns and operations at the U.S. federal, state, and local levels. He formerly served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. Jonathan graduated from Harvard College with a degree in government and from Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government with a Master of Public Policy. He was a 2018 Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University where he studied economics and business.

Alana Podrx (CEO of Eve Wealth)

Alana Podrx

CEO of Eve Wealth

Alana is the CEO of Eve Wealth - Helping women invest in a web3 world. She is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and women’s wealth advocate.

She previously launched McKinsey’s New Venture group and Corporate Venture Capital Service line which included investing in and scaling 30+ SaaS startups - and leading OMNI, a geospatial analytics SaaS software for location strategy and omnichannel sales in retail and banking. She also co-founded Space Btwn, a meditation and wellness company, which was acquired in 2021.

Within the web3 space Alana is a contributor & member of Seed Club HQ, Index Coop, FWB and DAO Masters. Her art is what brought her into the early crypto space, with collectors at DG and later NFTs at Digital XYZ.

Alana's mission is to create a space for women to explore their full economic potential through investing, community and deal access.

Heaven Quiban (Community & Art Coordinator at Diba)

Heaven Quiban

Community & Art Coordinator at Diba

Heaven began working in the art industry at The San Diego Museum of Art, coordinating public programs to help the community connect with the galleries. She grew to organize group art shows, launch artists’ solo exhibitions in New York, and run in-person and virtual creative programs touching on topics of mental health, feminism, and AAPI cultural awareness. She holds a BA in Communications from California State University, San Marcos.

As a community organizer and art lover, Heaven hopes to create space for wide-ranging art styles and diverse perspectives on Diba and in the NFT community at large. She shares, “Through art, we have opportunities to express our truths and to help people connect with each other. Holding space for creativity and artist’s stories is a pathway for making the world a better place.”

Austin Reid (Cheif of Staff at Falconx)

Austin Reid

Cheif of Staff at Falconx

Austin Reid is also a founding member of FalconX. He leads investor relations and capital raising - across equity and debt markets (public and private) - revenue across mature product lines, corporate development and ventures, as well as FalconX's market making business. Austin started at FalconX as a trader, when it brought its first trading product to market, and previously led teams and initiatives across trading, compliance, product development, and government affairs. He is a leading expert on institutional crypto adoption and the trends across liquid crypto trading, private investments, and the broader capital markets - engaging daily with hedge funds, pensions, and other traditional institutional allocators as they develop strategies and allocate to the crypto market.

Miro Sarbaev (Founder of ArrowLabs)

Miro Sarbaev

Founder of ArrowLabs

Miro Sarbaev is the CEO, Founder and Inventor of ArrowLabs. With 7 years of crypto industry experience, Miro previously rooted in 'kroogi.com' as CEO/Founder, and Launched the first-ever artistic crowdfunding platform.

Peter Shiao (Founder and CEO of Immortal Studios)

Peter Shiao

Founder and CEO of Immortal Studios

Peter grew up reading martial arts fantasy novels, and his life was deeply informed by the transformative stories and heroes of this timeless genre of martial heroes that he founded Immortal Studios to help position this genre as the next global IP engine in concert with its countless fans globally.

Prior to Immortal, Peter has a multifaceted career in media, culture and public policy including producing the first ever US-China film production Restless, founding and chairing the US-Asia Entertainment Summit with the Asia Society, launching the first Hollywood-Asia content investment fund in concert with Endgame Entertainment and the China Film Group, leading the implementation of the landmark intergovernmental CA-China multi-industrial plan with then CA Governor Brown, and spearheading the Shaolin Temple’s globalization initiative across all media.

Eric Sibbitt (Partner at Paul Hastings)

Eric Sibbitt

Partner at Paul Hastings

Eric Sibbitt structures and executes initial public offerings and other complex capital-raising transactions for companies and underwriters, including NYSE and NASDAQ listings, registered follow-on offerings, global offerings, PIPEs and other private offerings, and liability management transactions.

Clients turn to Eric for boardroom counsel on SEC and corporate governance matters as well as for his pragmatic approach to navigating the tension between legacy regulations and innovative business models. Eric also frequently advises on cross-border public and private company mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, and going private transactions.

Eric has particular expertise advising on transactions for financial services, life science and technology companies ranging from venture companies to multibillion-dollar businesses.

Eric practiced in New York and Tokyo prior to joining O’Melveny’s San Francisco office, and speaks and reads Japanese fluently. Eric also is a member of the Innovation Advisory Council of the Japan Society of Northern California, a director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law.

Noah Thorp (CEO, Founder of Upside)

Noah Thorp

CEO, Founder of Upside

Noah is a seasoned entrepreneur, founder and company builder with extraordinary technical expertise that spans over 20 years of software leadership for Nasdaq Private Market, SharesPost, Google Research, Apple, Republic Crypto and numerous startups.
Noah is the architect for the Republic Note token; Voyager exchange’s first blockchain industry token merger with LGO and Voyager’s staking contracts for their Coinbase listed token (~$1B market cap); Chingari GARI token & DAO; DappRadar’s RADAR token, Ivy.cash wallet; decentralized and centralized exchanges.
Noah Co-founded venture studio Citizen Code in 2014 and lead blockchain software projects with top talent Pivotal Labs alumni for Cisco, ConsenSys, Amex, the Institute For The Future (RAND) and others.
Noah has over 30k hours of coding experience with 7 years focused on blockchain and web3 technology. Active crypto trader including algorithmic trading. Deep blockchain and FinTech regulation compliance experience. Member of the CodeX Stanford Law School blockchain working group.

Darshan Vaidya (CEO & Co-Founder of Xmargin)

Darshan Vaidya

CEO & Co-Founder of Xmargin

Darshan Vaidya spent 12 years trading interest rate derivatives for proprietary trading firms in London before starting a hedge fund focusing on cryptocurrency derivatives trading. The hedge fund - Magpie Trading - was one of the first market makers on Deribit Exchange and advised on the construction of the risk engine that is in use today. Magpie directly experienced the capital inefficiencies associated with the fragmented digital asset ecosystem. The problem set drove an exploration of technology solutions for credit risk management and clearing, leading to the founding of X-Margin.

Xin Yan (Project Lead at EthSign)

Xin Yan

Project Lead at EthSign

Prev Crypto Investor, Smart Contract Engineer, EthSign Project Lead.
Before founding EthSign, Xin focused on crypto investment and coding in Huobi strategic investment, especially in the ethereum ecosystem and web3 infrastructure. Besides crypto, he is an open space advocate and e-sport fan.

Raghu Yarlagadda (Co-founder and CEO of FalconX)

Raghu Yarlagadda

Co-founder and CEO of FalconX

Raghu is the Co-founder and CEO of FalconX, one of the fastest growing companies in the world. With consolidated, seamless workflows that make it easy to access cryptocurrency trading, credit, and clearing on a single platform, FalconX gives the world’s largest institutions an edge as they navigate digital assets. Recently named one of crypto’s top 25 CEOs, he led the company to double its customers, increase monthly trading volume by more than 12X, and increase net revenue by 46X in 2021. In less than 4 years, FalconX is valued at $3.75 billion after its most recent $210M Series C financing round.
He's an engineer by background and passionate about building products that create value. Prior to FalconX, Raghu held product leadership roles at Google. He was on Sundar Pichai’s Chrome OS team and led efforts to scale Chromebooks to over $3 billion revenue for Google and its partners. He started his career at Motorola as an engineer in a team that pioneered high definition video transmission over IP stack, laying the technical foundation for many popular video streaming services such as Netflix and Youtube.
Raghu holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, M.S. from University of Texas at Dallas specializing in Signal Processing & Machine Learning, and B.Tech. from Vellore Institute of Technology. He was also recently appointed as an Advisor to the Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy.