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Entrepreneurship and Bitcoin: Decentralizing Finance, Marketplaces and Identity with the Bitcoin Blockchain

Friday, April 3, 2015
3:00 pm


Robertson Hall Dodds Auditorium 100, Robertson Hall Bowl 016

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This event is supported by the Keller Center.

What exactly is Bitcoin?

How has this new technology created new business opportunities and shaped the way we view currency in a digital age? Will Bitcoin pave the way for a new decentralized internet?

The Princeton Entrepreneurship Club invites you to join us for an informative panel and Q&A. Learn about the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship with personal stories, experiences, and entrepreneurial advice from:

Ryan Shea

from Onename

Onename is a Bitcoin-based startup backed by Y Combinator that raised $1.5 million in 2014. Onename’s digital passport that allows you to login around the web and stay in control of your identity and data. Ryan is a Princeton alumnus and was featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

Ryan Selkis

from Digital Currency Group

Digital Currency Group is one of the most prolific investors in the Bitcoin financial space and funded a large percentage of the world’s most successful Bitcoin companies. DCG’s portfolio spans all the companies listed in Bitcoin Opportunity Corp including BitGo, BitPay, Chain, Circle, Coinbase, Onename, and Xapo. Ryan is an experienced venture capitalist, investor, entrepreneur, and journalist with an MBA from MIT and a passion for digital currency.

Peter Smith

from Blockchain

Blockchain is the company behind the most widely used software in the Bitcoin ecosystem, including the world’s most popular Bitcoin wallet and the most popular block explorer and search engine. Blockchain currently has over 2.5 million users and raised more than $30 million in investor funding. Peter is Blockchain’s President and co-founder and enjoys history and economics.

Brian Hoffman

from OpenBazaar

OpenBazaar is a decentralized, censorship-resistant, and open source marketplace that allows users to make trades online using Bitcoin. OpenBazaar emphasizes freedom and privacy and is currently in beta, slated for a full release in early 2015. Brian is the project lead for OpenBazaar and is an experienced and passionate software entrepreneur.

Our moderator is Princeton’s own Professor Arvind Narayanan, who has been featured in many publications including the New York Times and has performed a substantial amount of research regarding the technology of Bitcoin and its applications. At Princeton, Professor Narayanan teaches COS 597E: Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies.