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Inside Bitcoins conference: New York keeps justifying the title of “cryptocurrency capital”

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New York City is clearly one of the places on the planet where Bitcoin has a bigger expression. There are bars, restaurants, stores and a lot more establishments accepting cryptocurrency, but then there are also a lot of conferences. California might be the heart of Silicon Valley and the venture capitals, where the important investors are, but NYC is a singular case of affection for digital coin.

The Big Apple has been hosting some major Bitcoin-related events and, this time, it’s no exception. On July 30th, the conference Inside Bitcoins will take place at the New Yorker, on 8th Avenue. If you haven’t confirmed your presence yet, don’t waste any more time.

This is the conference’s program:

8:15 – 9:00 – Registration opens and continental breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 – Morning Keynote: Bitcoin and The Future of Currency

Charlie Shrem, vice chairman at and CEO of BitInstant

9:30 – 10:00 – FinTech Business Trends That Will Make People Money

Jaron Lukasiewicz, CEO at Coinsetter

10:00 – 10:30 – Morning break

10:30 – 11:00 – Building Bitcoin into the Core Architecture of the Web

Manu Sporny, CEO at Digital Bazaar

11:00 – 11:45 – Gold 2.0. The VC Take on Bitcoin

Phineas Barnes, partner at First Round Capital

Thompson Clark, editor at Agora Financial

Tuur Demeester, author at MacroTrends

Abelardo (A.B.) Mendez, director at Capital Markets, Knight Capital Group/PE Source

Brock Pierce, executive chairman at Playzino and managing director at Clearstone Global Gaming Fund

Drew Little, founder at The Illuminated Ventures Project LLC (The IllVP), Producia (moderator)

11:45 – 12:30 – Bitcoin and Freedom of Speech

Marc Hochstein, executive editor at American Banker

Jonathan Mohan, founder at BitcoinNYC

Stephanie Murphy, PhDTalk radio host of Let’s Talk Bitcoin!

Alan Safahi, founder and CEO at ZipZap, Inc

Michael Terpin, co-founder of BitAngels and CEO at SocialRadius

Trevor Timm, co-founder and executive director at Freedom of the Press Foundation

12:30 ­– 1:30 ­– Lunch break

1:30 – 2:15 – Legal and Regulatory Issues Facing Virtual Currency Businesses

Jerry Brito, senior research fellow at Mercatus Center, George Mason University

Jacob S. Farber, senior counsel at Perkins Coie LLP

Chris Larsen, CEO and co-founder at OpenCoin

Greg Schvey, managing editor at The Genesis Block

James White, director of Tax Issues at US Government Accountability Office

Ryan Singer, president and COO at Tradehill (moderator)

2:15 – 2:45 – Bitcoin Boom: The Business Adoption of Bitcoin

Anthony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO at BitPay

2:45 – 3:15 – Afternoon break

3:15 – 3:45 – Gaining Currency: Opportunities in Bitcoin

– Alan Safahi, Founder and CEO at ZipZap, Inc

3:45–4:15 – Bitcoins Case Study: A Positive Step Towards Truly Frictionless Commerce

Christian Dumontet, co-founder and CEO at Foodler

4:15–4:35 – Bitcoin Best Practices: Reshaping the Payment Landscape

Maria Sparagis, president at DirectPayNet

4:35 – 5:05 – Youtube is Broken: Rethinking Content Monetization with Bitcoin

– Adam B. Levine, editor-in-chief at Let’s Talk Bitcoin!

5:05 – 5:25 – Fireside Chat: The Future of Online Transactions

Shakil Khan, head of Special Projects at Spotify and founder at CoinDesk

5:30 – 6:30 – Networking reception in Exhibit Hall

According to Stewart Quealy, of the event’s organisers Mediabistro, the “Inside Bitcoins event brings together the leading stakeholders and thought leaders in the Bitcoin space including entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, developers, lawyers and regulators to share knowledge and chart the future of the virtual currency. Attendees will walk away with first-hand insight into the latest news, analysis, demographics, regulatory issues and investment strategies in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency space”.

This is the kind of event that really matters, assures Quealy. It’s a “unique forum for industry experts and innovators to assess the opportunities and risks that are quickly emerging across the virtual currency landscape and alternative payments community”, he adds.

If you’re thinking of attending, you’ll have advantages if you register earlier. The on-site price will be $599, but if you buy your conference pass before 30th July you’ll only pay $399.


Maria is an experienced journalist currently living in the UK. She has been writing about Bitcoin and the altcoin universe since 2013. She is also a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's New Money Systems Board and a big cryptocurrency supporter.

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