The Future of Cryptocurrency and Payments Speakers
P. Bart Stephens
Title: Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Company: Blockchain Capital
Bart Stephens is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital fund to invest exclusively in the blockchain technology sector and the first to raise a venture fund through an ICO. Blockchain Capital is the pioneer and most established VC firm in the Blockchain sector with 51 portfolio companies across three funds. Bart Stephens is also a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Stephens Investment Management (SIM), a family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart and his brother and Co-Founder, Brad, invented the term and pioneered "Nanocap" investing – venture capital style investing in the public markets focused on sub micro-cap equities. Bart has a background as both an operating entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding SIM, Bart was Executive Vice President, Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (ICC), an international investment firm. Before joining ICC, Bart was a founding investor and Head of Corporate & Business development for Oncology.com. Oncology.com grew to become the internet's largest cancer-related website before being sold to Pharmacia (now Pfizer) in 2001. Prior to Oncology.com, Bart spent more than two years with E*TRADE, an early internet innovator in online financial services. While at E*TRADE, he held senior positions focused on product marketing, business development, and corporate development. Bart earned a B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University.
Title: Venture Partner
Company: Polychain Capital
Ryan is Principal and Venture Partner at Polychain Capital, leading private investments and helping projects structure their crypto-economic models along with team and community development. Ryan has been an active angel investor in the blockchain ecosystem since 2012, backing both start-ups and token-enabled networks. Prior to joining Polychain Capital, Ryan was CEO of a large Brazilian renewables firm. Ryan has extensive experience building large-scale infrastructure projects and evaluating emerging technologies.
Title: Chief Evangelist
Anders Brownworth is Chief Evangelist at Circle where he champions the Spark smart contract platform. Circle is focused on making global payments fast, free, and secure. Mr. Brownworth teaches blockchain technology at MIT and previously helped create and launch Republic Wireless, a WiFi / cellular hybrid smartphone service.