The Blockchain Connect Conference will take place in San Francisco on January 26, 2018. The event will bring together more than one thousand scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, and developers from across the world. It will be a day of blockchain discussion. The conference will connect blockchain developers across the world for a day of top-level keynotes, interactive panel discussions, and brainstorming.
With slightly more than 40 days to go, the registration for the event is currently ongoing. Those who would like to attend can register and purchase tickets here.
What Does The Blockchain Connect Conference Entail?
The fast-moving blockchain space is currently dominated by two powerhouses—America and China. It is critical to understand the Chinese perspective to have a glimpse of where blockchain is headed.
The Blockchain Connect Conference will be the first US-China blockchain conference in which keynote speakers from the two countries will address the subject of blockchain and cryptocurrency. The event is meant to set the tone for the future of blockchain technology.
Blockchain Connect Conference Keynote Speakers
The following are the top five keynote speakers for the event:
Tim Draper (Founding Partner DFS and Draper Associates)
Tim’s original suggestion to use viral marketing as a method for spreading software application from one customer to another was instrumental in the successes of Hotmail, Skype, and others. Tim has been recognized as a leading supporter of entrepreneurship with various awards and honors.
Charlie Lee (Founder of Litecoin)
Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin and an ex-Director of Engineering at Coinbase.
Brad Garlinghouse (CEO Ripple)
Brad is the CEO of Ripple and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Ripple, Brad served as the CEO of File Collaboration Service Hightail. Previously, he was president of consumer applications at AOL from 2009 to 2012. He also held various positions at Yahoo! from 2003 to 2009, including senior vice president. Brad formerly served as CEO of DialPad Communications and held management positions at SBC Communications and @Home Network. He was an advisor to Silverlake Partners.
Todd Chaffee (General Partner, IVP)
Eight-time Midas List member Todd Chaffee has scored with investments in travel companies including Home Away, bought by Expedia for $3.9 billion in 2015. He also scored well in Kayak, acquired by Priceline for $1.8 billion in 2012.
Todd has also found big hits in the online content world with investments in Netflix, Comscore, Pandora, and Business Insider all in his portfolio. However, his biggest success is his early bet on Twitter, in which he invested in the social network at a valuation of $220 million in 2009. That means IVP’s $44 million investment in Twitter yielded a return of more than one billion dollars.
Paul is currently a partner at Pantera Capital and focuses on the firm’s venture investments. He is also a Board Observer at ChangeTip and a mentor at Golden Gate Ventures. That gives you a snippet of what to expect based on the wealth of experience from the keynote speakers. Remember, more than 30 keynote speakers will grace the occasion.