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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are created a Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community

Since the development of Bitcoin, Blockchain’s usage has expanded rapidly, encompassing the development of cryptocurrencies, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts.

An expert panel discussed the implications of, and opportunities for innovation in the Blockchain space from industry, investor and regulatory perspectives.

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Get Industry, Investor and Regulatory Perspectives on Blockchain, Cyber Security and Fintech

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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are creating a special Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community.

Our experts will offer a program for both novices and experts in the Blockchain space, discussing the legal and regulatory landscape, as well as reviewing financial opportunities for FinTech, cyber security and software solutions providers. Our speakers will bring industry, investor and regulatory perspectives to Blockchain, Cyber Security and Fintech Spaces

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Meeta Yadav

meetaMeeta is the Chief Data Officer, Blockchain Technologies at IBM
where she leads analytics of global blockchain data that deliver
actionable business insights for top-line revenue growth and operational efficiencies. In the past Meeta was the CTO for Innovation in the middleware group at IBM and led the Emerging Technology Institute Labs.

Meeta is a computer chip designer by training and has worked on chip design of mobile processors, space mission circuits and security processors and continues to teach advanced graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University. Meeta is passionate about inclusive finance, human identity and early education.

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Kyle is the Director of Operations of Consumers’ Research, America’s oldest consumer organization, where she is responsible for strategic initiatives and outreach. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization works at the intersection of policy and emerging consumer trends such as Bitcoin.

Since 2003, Kyle has worked with a range of private, public, volunteer, non-profit, and multi-national organizations, including the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. House of Representatives. She is the co-founder of two social enterprises, holds a Master’s in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and is working on her MBA at Georgetown University.

img_0004Alex Acree

Alex brings to Fenway Summer Ventures significant experience advising financial institutions and investment funds and holding senior leadership positions in early-stage companies.

Immediately prior to joining the company, Alex was an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he advised financial institutions on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters in connection with business combinations, reorganizations and capital markets transactions, Dodd-Frank Act implementation, corporate governance and compliance issues. Alex also regularly advised sponsors in connection with the formation and management of private investment funds.

Earlier in his career, Alex held a series of senior positions at early-stage companies, with responsibilities including financial modeling, budgeting, business development, strategy, and operations.

Alex is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an MBA from Yale School of Management, where he focused on corporate finance and operations. While at Yale, Alex was a director of a student clinic that helped to launch a denovo bank to serve financially underserved communities around New Haven, CT.

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Derek Tiffany is a Technical Manager at 3Pillar Global. He holds technical responsibility for the implementation and delivery of a blockchain-based solution called GX-COIN. GX-COIN is a cryptocurrency and market (http://gx-coin.com) which currently has over 15,000 registered traders.

In addition to implementation, Derek also assists 3Pillar clients in validating and defining their blockchain strategies prior to execution. He has also contributed to ongoing open source blockchain-based projects. Derek has spent over 20 years as a developer in the Washington, DC area at both professional services and product companies.

Brian Hoffman, CEO, Open Bazaar, Darrell Duane, Jason Dispenza , E2F2 and Soles.io and Allen Pulsifer, CEO, CredaCash Software Solutions bring an industry perspective to the discussion and talk about opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs in the Blockchain space.

Blockchain, Cybersecurity and FinTech – Meet our Experts

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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are creating a special Blockchain technology program featuring cyber security, legal and regulatory experts Carol Van Cleef, Samantha J. Pelosi, Jonathan Levin, and Tone Vays.

 Our experts will offer a program for both novices and experts in the Blockchain space, discussing the legal and regulatory landscape, as well as reviewing financial opportunities for FinTech, cyber security and software solutions providers.

If you’re interested in cryptocurrencies, blockchain, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts, what side chains are, why multi-signature and key recovery service (KRS) are important, and the newest generation of cryptocurrencies, this is the program for you!

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Panelists

samantha-pelosiSamantha J. Pelosi is a Senior Vice President of Payments and Innovation at Bankers Association for Finance and Trade.   She drives the association’s activities in payments, innovation, financial crime, and cybersecurity.   Samantha is an attorney with nearly 20 years of legal and regulatory experience in payments, compliance, and international business transactions.

Previously, Ms. Pelosi held several positions at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She was Manager of the Retail Payments Section and Senior Attorney of the Regulation Section.  Prior to the Fed, Ms. Pelosi was the Global Head of Compliance for Travelex Global Business Payments (now Western Union Business Solutions).

Ms. Pelosi also held the position of Senior Counsel at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. Pelosi obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her bachelor of arts degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

jonathan-levin-headshotJonathan Levin is a co-founder of Chainalysis, the leading provider of anti-money laundering solutions to Bitcoin companies, banks and government agencies. He was previously CEO at Coinometrics, where he lead a team of data scientists to measure the activity and health of the Bitcoin network. Jonathan was a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford where his research focused on Virtual Currencies, creating one of the first statistical models of Bitcoin transaction fees. He consults regularly to governments, top tier banks and payment companies on the future of digital currencies.

Chainalysis is building the compliance layer for the future of value transfer. Providing investigation tools to identify the source of Bitcoin funds and counterparties, Chainalysis forms part of an effective AML program for Bitcoin businesses and Banks. They specialize on detection of suspicious activity and real-time analysis. They currently have customers among banks, fintech companies active in the bitcoin and blockchain space, the cyber intelligence community and government agencies.

tone-vaysTone Vays is a blockchain researcher at LibertyLifeTrail where you can find his latest research on Bitcoin, Blockchain, sound economics and privacy. Tone has been working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a Risk Analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.   His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in the Cryptcurrency ecosystem in early 2013, he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology as it helps promote economic freedom.

He was formerly Head of Research at BraveNewCoin after previously writing about trading and economics at CoinTelegraph.  Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology.

Speaker: Carol Van Cleef

carol-van-cleef-pictureA respected author and speaker, Carol Van Cleef advises all types of money services businesses (MSBs), including domestic and foreign money remitters, digital currency and Blockchain technology companies, mobile apps, third‐party payment processors, and stored value and prepaid access programs.   She is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.   Publicly traded companies, private equity funds and other entities seek Carol’s advice on matters involving emerging and alternative payments companies. Carol helps clients address legal and regulatory challenges, structure investments and transactions, undertake changes in control, and conduct due diligence. In addition, she develops solutions for troubled organizations.

A certified anti‐money laundering (AML) specialist, Carol created a series of AML compliance training programs sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, and attended by regulators from 45 states and representatives of domestic and foreign banks, securities firms, MSBs, and other entities. She also developed and leads an AML Compliance Bootcamp for Digital Currencies, which has been attended by miners, exchangers, processors, software developers, ATM operators and bankers.

Investors, Entrepreneurs and Technologists: Why Blockchain Is Important to You

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The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are partnering to offer their respective members and guests a special Blockchain technology program on October 18.

Whether you are a novice or you have been immersed in the technology for several years or even just several months, this 3-hour evening program will provide a unique opportunity to:

  • Explore the basics of the technology.
  • Gain a better understanding of its disruptive potential across multiple industries and various government offices.
  • Understand the prospects and challenges of adopting Blockchain technology within both the US government and the private sector.
  • Learn more about specific projects underway inside the beltway and beyond and how they may ultimately impact the local job market.

Carol Van Cleef

Carol Van Cleef, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Founder of Comptegrity, Inc., will explain Blockchain from the ground up.  A respected author and speaker, Carol provides legal and strategic advice to depository institutions, financial services companies and FinTech businesses on federal and state regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters, including Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), AML and OFAC compliance; consumer protection issues; privacy, data and cyber security; and state money transmitter licensing.

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Panel I – What is Blockchain?

Regardless of your Blockchain IQ, your technological capabilities or where you are on the learning curve, this session is the equalizer. For the novice, learn the difference between cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts, what side chains are, why multi-signature and key recovery service (KRS) are important.

For the more experienced attendees, review the latest technological developments, the newest generation of cryptocurrencies and much more. CoinCenter (invited)

 

Panel II – Deploying Blockchain Technology: the Private Sector Experience.

Bitcoin was the first – but certainly not the last – use case for Blockchain technology.

  • How is this ledger based technology being put to work in the financial services, health care and other industries?
  • Which ones will be most significantly disrupted? And how fast?
  • What are the challenges in developing, executing and bringing these projects to market?
  • Hear from industry representatives and venture capitalists funding these projects.

 

Panel III – Deploying Blockchain Technology: The Government Experience.

The Federal Government has its hands full, working hard to understand whether and to what extent laws and regulations must be adapted to the technology. Agencies have to understand how the technology impacts entities they regulate. And many agencies are considering how the technology may affect their own operations.

What will this mean for government employees and contractors?  Regulators from the government and industry representatives will address these issues (invited).

 

Preliminary Agenda

  • 5:30-6:30 Networking and registration
  • 6:30-8:00 Program
  • 8:00-9:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • 9:00-9:30 Post-event networking

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The “Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN ~ EXPANDED AGENDA

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Date: Tuesday October 18th

Time: 5-9PM

Place: The Marvin Center Ballroom at The George Washington University Campus located at 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052.

Expanded Agenda:

· Explore the basics of the technology

· Gain a better understanding of its disruptive potential across multiple industries and various government offices

· Understand the prospects and challenges of adopting Blockchain technology within both the US government and the private sector

· Learn more about specific projects underway inside the beltway and beyond and how they may ultimately impact the local job market.

 

Panel I – Regardless of your Blockchain IQ, your technological capabilities or where you are on the learning curve, this session is the equalizer. For the novice, learn the difference between crypto-currencies, the blockchain, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts, what side chains are, why muti-sig and KRS are important. For the more experienced attendees, review the latest technological developments, the newest generation of crypto-currencies and much more.

Panel II – Deploying Blockchain Technology Part I: the Private Sector Experience. Bitcoin was the first – but certainly not the last – use case for blockchain technology. How is this ledger based technology being put to work in the financial services, health care and other industries. Which ones will be most significantly disrupted? And how fast? What are the challenges in developing, executing and bringing these projects to market.

Panel III – Deploying Blockchain Technology – Part II: The Government Experience. The Federal Government has its hands full, working hard to understand whether and to what extent laws and regulations they administer must be adapted to the technology. Agencies have to understand how the technology impacts entities they regulate. And many agencies are considering how the technology may affect their own operations. What will this mean for government employees and contractors?

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“Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN

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SAVE THE DATE ~ Tuesday October 18th.

The “Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN ~ What Are The Potential Innovations And Business Possibilities For Entrepreneurs, Companies and Government

Hey Folks,

I promised more details about this event and I wanted to share this update with you.  As you know, MITEF members get special pricing on access to this and future events. I am so excited because we have partnered with the Women In Housing & Finance (WHF) and their members also get special pricing and access to this event.

Learn more and register here.

EVENT PRICING:

MITEFDC   MEMBER PRICE:   $45.00
WHF MEMBER PRICE:  $45.00
EARLY BIRD PRICE  (Ends Sept. 30):  $85.00
RETAIL PRICE (After Sept. 30):   $100.00
AT THE DOOR:  $115.00

Join The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Baltimore today and take advantage of special event pricing.  See our membership page here.

See you folks on Oct. 18th! ~AP

Andrew Polcha - Vice Chair MITEF and CEO at WORLDPIPE.TV
Andrew Polcha CEO, WORLDPIPE.TV

 

 

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC Baltimore’s Fall “Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN

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SAVE THE DATE ~ Tuesday October 18th. 

Event Description: “Next Big Thing” Event | BLOCKCHAIN~ What Are The Potential Innovations And Business Possibilities For Entrepreneurs, Companies and Government

Blockchain is an emerging technology that facilitates transactions between trading partners. It has potential to disrupt every segment of banking and financial services. If you haven’t already heard of it, you will soon.

What is Blockchain? And What business possibilities and innovations will it spawn? Carol Van Cleef, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Founder Comptegrity, Inc., will help us explain Blockchain from the ground up. She will outline how Blockchain is reshaping commercial transactions, and how entrepreneurs can capitalize spinoff innovations.

If you are developing a new product idea – or thinking about launching one – you need to know about Blockchain. This session will feature thought leaders who will offer details about how the technology works, the outlook for future products and services, and how it will impact related industries.

This event is cosponsored by The George Washington University and The George Washington University’s School Of Business

This event will be held in The Marvin Center Ballroom at The George Washington University Campus located at 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052.

Time: 5-9PM

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Dear Friends of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore,

Matthew Falls - President
Matthew Falls – President

A core group of dedicated volunteers is rebuilding the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore to be a great organization. We are revamping our programming, recruiting new volunteers and building our membership lists.

We need your help.

You have been involved in the past and I know I have seen a few of you at recent events. This summer we will be holding open planning sessions for the 2016-2017 year. We’d love to have you back!

Have some fun this summer, meet some interesting people and make an impact on the Capital region entrepreneurial community!

Email me, call me, let us know what interests you!

Matt

Matthew Falls
Chapter President
MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington and Baltimore
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Patents Bring Competitive Advantages

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Andrew J. Polcha, Mentor Program Chair and CEO, <a href="http://www.worldpipe.tv">WORLDPIPE</a>
Andrew J. Polcha, Mentor Program Chair and CEO, WORLDPIPE

If you are the founder of a local company and if you have software products or projects under development, and you have failed to pursue any patents, then you will want to attend the event on May 24th, Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies.

You can’t build too much value and the rules at the USPTO  have changed since March 16, 2013 from first to invent to first to fileSee here for details. At the very least, find out what you can and can’t do.

If you have competition in the market; maybe your competition has not filed patents either? Get informed for “who was first to conceive the idea” no longer matters as much as the first to file at the USPTO. Don’t lose out because you don’t know the facts. Get the facts and talk to the experts and I’ll see you on the 24th.

As many of you know, in my volunteer life, I run the Mentor Program for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington, DC and Baltimore. (MITEF) In doing so, I get the privilege of meeting many of the founders within the area’s early stage start-up community. Being located in DC/VA/MD, in close proximity to the federal government, it is no surprise that lot’s of technology innovations and start-up efforts converge on our nation’s capital.

In my position at MITEF, I hear a lot of elevator pitches and business descriptions from start-up founders; with most entrepreneurs I meet being focused on Internet and managed services, cyber-security, mobile and social media applications. Of all these market segments mentioned, most, if not all, of the start-up companies within these sectors are creating a single software application as their companies’ flagship product.

Founders I speak with often say, “I am not the only company doing this (in this space) within the market…” When meeting someone new at one of our events and in trying to understand their business venture; one of the first questions I ask: “Do you have any patents?”. Probing about patents early in the conversation with founders is in the forefront in my thought process because I am definitely a firm believer in competitive advantage in business.

Now, if you ask any attorney, they’d be right in telling you, as general advice, that you can’t patent software or applications. So, many founders hear this advice and go-on to build their companies and build their software products; thinking legal pursuit of IP is an inaccessible path for them… As it is true, you can’t file a patent on software BUT you may file a patent on the innovation the software does or performs… I’ll say no more and leave the discussion to the experts at Fish and Richardson P.C.

Learn From Patent Experts – Register Here

One of my favorite business quotes about competitive advantage comes from Warren Buffet: “The key to investing is not how much an industry will affect society or grow, but rather its competitive advantage and the durability of that advantage…”

To me, a patent means a big legal competitive advantage to any business, especially to a start-up; and the durability of that legal business advantage is greater than 20 years.

Our Speakers:

Jeremy Monaldo                                              Nick Jepsen

Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies

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headshot 2-4-16Software companies are often unaware of the Intellectual Property assets they have developed. The question of what software innovations can be patented can lead the developer to the conclusion that it is too costly and complicated to protect these assets.

In our next event, Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies, we will show entrepreneurs what they need to know about protecting Intellectual Property.

  • Discover what it takes to patent software innovations under the current landscape;
  • Learn what you can do to maximize the value of your Intellectual Property;
  • Talk directly to Intellectual Property experts about your situation and,
  • Create value for your company by knowing the facts

You have a great idea that can change the world. One that people will surely want to buy. And one that others may want to copy or imitate. What should you do to protect your innovation – and when? What are your risks for doing nothing? And what are your trade-offs?

If these questions keep you up at night, you won’t want to miss the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC’s program about innovation, patents, and the law.  You’ll get powerful insight from experienced attorneys and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn the answers to important questions that every entrepreneur should know, such as, what is the Supreme Court’s Alice Standard, and what are the most common misconceptions about patents? You’ll also have the opportunity to ask your own questions at our Roundtable Discussion.

Register here to join us on May 24th for this outstanding program!