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Blockchains: The Next Big Thing for Your Startup

What is a blockchain and why is it called a technological revolution that entrepreneurs need to know about? How can any entrepreneur start using blockchain for his or her startup?  Get answers on May 9 at 11:00am EDT/ 1500 UTC.  You’ll learn about this unique system of transactions that is decentralized, secure, and free - which means business like yours can profit!

Get answers to questions such as:

  • What is blockchain technology and how are businesses around the world benefiting from it?
  • How can blockchain make my business transactions cheap, fast, and secure?
  • How can I apply blockchain technology to my startup?


Meet the Panelists:

Christopher Schroeder, Internet/Media entrepreneur and CEO divides his time between investing in consumer-facing innovation and advocating/mentoring for global entrepreneurship.  He spends a few hours a day as a venture investor in US and global startups and VC funds and as a writer on entrepreneurship, innovation and emerging markets.  Author of the Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.

Ola Doudin is cofounder and CEO of BitOasis.  Based in Dubai with an outlook towards emerging markets, BitOasis is a fintech startup building the infrastructure for new digital payment products using digital currency.  Ola previously worked as an Associate in IT Advisory for financial institutions at Ernst & Young London. After moving back to the Middle East, she was involved in various entrepreneurship initiatives supporting and mentoring tech startups and social entrepreneurs.

Vinny Lingham is a South African born Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur who is currently the co-founder and CEO of Civic – a Blockchain based identity management startup.  He was also previously the founder and CEO of Gyft (acquired by First Data Corporation) & Yola, Inc.  He is also the co-founder of SiliconCape, an NGO based in South Africa that aims to turn Cape Town into a technology hub and appears on the panel of investors on the local edition of Shark Tank South Africa.  He also blogs regularly about Blockchain & Bitcoin technologies.

Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of Hyperledger Project.  He was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation.  He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013.  He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm.