Hear from industry practitioners from applications to protocols, infrastructure providers to service providers as we dive into the opportunities, challenges and outlook for this exciting industry.
Former US presidential and NYC mayoral candidate, Andrew Yang, who has been a vocal advocate for the growth of Web 3.0 will be our featured dinner speaker.
More details on all of our sessions will follow shortly, but don't delay to secure your seat. It's by invitation only and there will be limited seats.
CTH / Atlas / Fundamental Labs / IDEG
Raymond has over 12 years of experience in venture capital investment. Before founding CTH, he had a successful investment track record in semiconductors, TMT, and AI. In 2016, due to his belief in the potential of the blockchain industry and crypto economy, he founded CTH Group and three distinct lines of business to address market opportunities: a blockchain venture capital firm (Fundamental Labs), digital asset manager (IDEG) and Web 3.0 infrastructure-as-a-service (Atlas).
Raymond has been investing in the blockchain industry for over six years, including investments in Coinbase, Binance, Canaan, Polkadot, Avalanche, NEAR, Chainlink, Vechain, amongst others. Raymond has a deep understanding of technological development and future trends in the crypto economy, forging significant influence and a strong network within the industry.
Atlas was founded to contribute to a stronger, more decentralized and resilient foundation to the expanding Web 3 economy. With its rapid growth, Atlas now has a global presence in more than six locations, and is enacting plans to expand its presence in over 30 locations to establish a widely distributed blockchain infrastructure network.
Raymond holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Wuhan University of Technology and a Master's Degree in Finance and Business from Tongji University.
Texas Land Commissioner
George Prescott Bush is a native Texan, born in Houston on April 24, 1976. He was first elected Texas Land Commissioner on Nov. 4, 2014 and was overwhelmingly re-elected on November 6, 2018. He received the second highest vote total of any candidate running statewide.
As the 28th Texas Land Commissioner, Bush works to safeguard our Texas coastline as well as ensure Texas veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned. He hosted 100 roundtables, forums and events in 2016 to highlight issues within the Texas veteran community. Since September of 2017, Commissioner Bush and the General Land Office (GLO) have led the state’s housing-related recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey, helping more than 60,000 victims of Hurricane Harvey rebuild their homes and their lives. In addition, he protected private property rights by joining a lawsuit along with Red River ranchers and farmers against the Obama BLM- which was successfully settled in November of 2017. He also oversees investments that earn billions of dollars for public education while managing state lands to produce the oil and gas that is helping make America energy-independent. Commissioner Bush is also working to save the Alamo and preserve the Shrine of Texas Liberty for generations to come.
Commissioner Bush has dedicated his life to public service — working as a public-school teacher after graduating from Rice University, serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and now as the 28th Land Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, the only state agency that makes more money than it spends.
Prior to running for office, Commissioner Bush was a successful businessman. He joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after earning his Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law. He subsequently co-founded Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in 2007, and St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses. He was awarded The University of Texas' Latino Leadership Award in 2015, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from The University of Texas School of Law in 2016, and the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award in 2016.
Commissioner Bush is also committed to helping fellow Texans in his private life. He co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas and served as the co-chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading. He was the Tarrant County chairman for Uplift Education — a highly successful Dallas-based public charter network focused on closing the achievement gap in inner city public schools. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Commissioner Bush is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush. He lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and their two sons.
Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, non-profit leader, and former US presidential and NYC mayoral candidate. After working in corporate as a lawyer and also as the CEO of an education company that became #1 in the country, Andrew started a national entrepreneurship non-profit, Venture for America, which worked to empower thousands of young entrepreneurs to bring economic dynamism to cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Birmingham, St. Louis, and others around the country.
Leading the organization to become a national multi-million dollar charity, Andrew was named a Presidential Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by the White House under the Obama administration and a Champion of Change for his leadership. After seeing the devastation that automation and the fourth industrial revolution were doing to the American workforce, Andrew decided to run for President in late 2017. He participated in seven Democratic primary debates, outpolling and outlasting six senators, four governors, three members of congress, two mayors, and one secretary. As an activist, Andrew has turned his movement into a political reality, launching a non-profit, Humanity Forward, that has successfully lobbied Congress to bring billions of dollars in cash relief and stimulus checks to millions of Americans in need.
His current projects include founding the Forward party, a third-party aimed at democracy reform, and Lobby3, a new advocacy organization to inform Washington DC of Web3’s ability to eradicate poverty. Andrew is the author of three books, including his newest work, Forward, and host of a weekly podcast, Forward.
Henry is a trilingual executive who leads the Fundamental Labs team in the Americas as one of four Managing Partners. Across five funds since 2016, Fundamental Labs have made significant investments in Coinbase, Binance and blockchain protocols such as Filecoin, Chainlink, and NEAR.
In the most recent role, Henry served as the Chief Investment Officer for Yeoman’s capital to build relationships with Family Offices, VC funds and investment groups from Dubai / Switzerland / Hong Kong to co-invest in early stage venture companies built on emerging technologies such as Blockchain.
Prior to that, Henry was part of the fastest growing team at Facebook, advising growth and performance marketing for startups from Series A to D. He was well respected by companies such as Everlane, OutdoorVoices, Soylent and dozens of others for stepping into complex business models to add value immediately and not afraid to be hands on with overall company growth strategy.
Suji Yan, the founder and CEO of Dimension & Mask Network. He dropped out of UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Computer Engineering Department to start a business. Suji is currently a mentor of RadicalxChange Fellowship. Suji’s work was published by Wired, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and so on. Suji is currently focusing on open source, encryption and Web 3.0, and focused on decentralized social network through Mask Network (mask.io).
Alex Casassovici joined the crypto space in 2013. He is the founder of Azarus.io, the first platform letting viewers on live streams earn rewards as they watch by playing with brands.
Alexander was instrumental in the creation of the first connected children’s toy, Spykee, and has over a decade of experience in building interactive mobile services, cloud services, VR devices, and more recently AI-powered community platforms for the gaming industry. When he's not building Azarus, you'll find him hacking code, at the game (Go Warriors!), running with his dog, or playing chess and video games.
Stefan Rust is a recognized global leader in early-tech entrepreneurism. Navigating regulations competing against the national telecom operator, Rust helped change the mobile landscape in China. He then moved to Sun Microsystems where he worked to create an ecosystem that brought content and apps to mobile platforms with Java. He also advised tech giants like Qualcomm, Red Hat, Sony, Siemens, Limelight Studios, and was Chief Executive Officer at Bitcoin.com.
After buying his first bitcoin at $5 back in April 2012, Rust expanded his investment and advisory portfolio across the blockchain industry. He then began using BTC to pay developers directly, realizing the enormous potential of decentralized currency. This, combined with his knack for entrepreneurship, further fueled his passion to launch 8+ companies by building innovative strategies, raising funds, and creating business development partnerships.
In recent years, Rust has focused on the blockchain industry, founding Laguna Labs and helping to launch decentralized finance startups trustednode.io, truflation.com, and nuon.fi.
Rust is Chairman Emeritus and founder of the Asia Pacific Chapter of the Mobile Ecosystem Forum, and is a Fellow of the Blockchain Climate Initiative.
Stefan Rust is also a proud father of 4 children and a top 10 global competitive swimmer. He enjoys frequently traveling around the world to evaluate new technologies and investment opportunities.
Uri is Executive Director at BNB Foundation1. He is responsible for bridging Web3 and Web2 to drive impactful applications of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology at BNB Chain.
He has fifteen years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and investor in blockchain, fintech and ecommerce.
Uri co-founded a number of companies prior to his current role, including Metafor Group, a venture studio and advisory firm, Pairs Finance, a decentralized finance company, XIYO Labs, a crypto mining infrastructure firm, and Karakul, a cross-border fintech startup.
His previous positions include Director of Strategy and Investment at JD AI, JD.com’s AI division, and Generalist at the D. E. Shaw Group.
A North Carolina native, Uri earned his master's degree in Regional Studies-East Asia at Harvard University, an MFA in Creative Writing at New York University, and a BA in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sachi Kamiya is VP of Investments at the Polygon Ecosystem Fund, a 100MM size fund that focuses on investing in projects across defi/web3.0/gaming/NFTs, in addition to strategic investments into other projects/funds. The fund has invested in top projects including YGG, Wenew, Blockade Games, and Splinterlands to name a few. Sachi also manages the Polygon venture capital network. Prior to Polygon Sachi was leading the structured notes desk at Bank of America in the Sales and Trading division, where she would structure multiple 50-100mm size deals with counter parties along with credit trading. She received her bachelor’s of science at the California Institute of Technology in electrical engineering. She speaks Japanese, English, and Spanish and has lived in over five different countries.
Austin Federa is head of communications at Solana Foundation working across the ecosystem on a variety of initiatives. Previously, Austin worked on marketing and product at Bison Trails (acquired by Coinbase), and was Director of Marketing at Republic, a private investing platform.
Phillip Liu is Head of Strategy at Ava Labs, the development company behind the Avalanche (AVAX) blockchain. Previously, Phillip was an investor at JLAB, the blockchain investment arm of JD Capital, one of the largest private equity groups in China ($5 billion in assets under management). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University.
Chief Development Officer
Brock is the Chief Development Officer of Atlas Technology. He oversees Atlas’ global high performance computing construction projects.
Brock has over 20 years of experience in technical strategic planning, project management, and business development. Before joining Atlas, he was the VP of Technical Program Management for Salesforce where he drove initiatives for Long Range Planning across more than 40 business teams. Prior to that, he was the VP of Oracle Cloud. Brock started his career in Amazon and worked for over 10 years as the Infrastructure Director in AWS.
Brock obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. As a primary investor, he has owned over 50 patents granted by the US patent office, most of which were related to data system.
Head of Marketing & Communications
Claire is a trilingual cross-cultural marketing & communications professional. Currently, she's the Head of Marketing and Communication at Stratos, a Web 3 Infrastructure project. Having over eight years of high-level experience in international business development, Claire has advised hundreds of businesses on market intelligence solutions and consultations, enabling her clients to form strategic alliances and develop international networks. Claire is keen on building and working with the global Web3 community to raise awareness and understanding of the use case of innovative decentralized technologies.
Jeff Yee serves as the CEO of Airwaive, a blockchain network decentralizing the last mile of the Internet using 5G wireless. Prior to Airwaive, Jeff was a Vice President at ZTE, a top five equipment manufacturer of wireless networks, leading innovation and marketing teams. Early in his career, Jeff held various roles at AT&T Wireless, including launching the first Internet phone in the United States and was directly responsible for the creation of AT&T’s first app store, growing it to a $1B business.
Elvie has over 6 years of experience in digital assets, including investments, protocols, Layer 2s, DeFi, and NFTs. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in growing startups to $1B+ businesses. At Chainlink Labs, she is working on corporate development and strategy.
Elvie believes that by fostering the development of the blockchain-based applications we can facilitate a more sustainable future and enhance the ways we live, socialize, and work as a global society. She is the recipient of the USA President Barack Obama Volunteer Service Award.
Vinayak Rao is the Principal, GameFi Lead at Fundamental Labs. He is responsible for supporting founders through investments and resources across the Web 3.0 and blockchain gaming ecosystem. Prior to joining Fundamental Labs, Rao worked for Facebook where he was leading the social network’s Gaming Product Partnerships team, launching its Tournaments platform which serviced grassroot organizers and large-scale publishers. He also launched Rival Peak, a reality TV show simulated entirely within a game engine - a platform that enabled games to be playable on top of video content blurring the line between viewership and gameplay.
CEO & Chairman
Ready Maker (Gibraltar) Limited
In the technology space for 10 years, with a background in law, my product thesis has always been about democratizing access to technology for all; predominantly for women and for mobile-only consumers. Starting with introducing digital contracts and signatures in the Canadian real estate market, to gamifying human resources tools to encouraging inclusive game development technology and mobile-first creation technology - Ready and $aura is this vision full circle - Building the world's leading collectively owned distributed ecosystem for web3 mobile gaming. Ready is web3 gaming for the masses - Mobile-first, Free-to-Play, Global, Play-to-Own- & Dev-to-Earn mechanics, Ready gives power back to the consumer and developer by getting the world to PLAY games together again in web3, powering a shared global economy - the more you create, the more you play, the more valuable $aura becomes - Your aura, Our aura.
Dr. Sangmin Seo is the Director of Klaytn Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established to accelerate global adoption and maturity on the Klaytn blockchain, and also Chief Klaytn Officer (CKO) at Krust Universe where he is leading he development and operation of the Klaytn blockchain.
Before joining Klaytn Foundation and Krust Universe, Dr. Seo was CTO and GroundX, a blockchain subsidiary of the leading South Korean mobile platform company, Kakao. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and as a senior engineer at Samsung Research.
He received his B.S. degree in computer science and engineering and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Seoul National University, respectively. He has authored numerous papers on parallel programming and high-performance computing.
Alex Baghdijan is Partner and Co-Founder at the full-service marketing and content creation agency, Funday. He leads Funday’s web3 division and advises some of the largest web3 brands, from crypto exchanges to blockchain foundations to cutting-edge consumer applications. Prior to Funday, Alex held senior roles at IBM Watson Financial Services and AyasdiAI, where he developed a range of Artificial Intelligence solutions for the financial services space.
He is also a Founding Partner of gmgn supply co., the first CPG DAO, aiming to build 100 community-based CPG brands.
Daniel Coughlin is a mission-driven leader who believes that technology, data and analytics, and operational excellence can drive organizational impact and positive change at scale. He believes that teams and organizations that reward feedback, growth, and innovation are one of our greatest assets to life and the planet.
Sarah has spent over a decade working with organizations, small and large, public and private, in navigating their relationships and communications with key stakeholders, including their investors, regulators, employees and communities. She regularly works with boards of directors and senior management on their approaches to corporate governance, ESG oversight and disclosure, crisis management (including in the contexts of shareholder activism and cyber and data security breaches), succession planning and board education.
Sarah is the Global Co-Chair of the ESG practice at Latham & Watkins. Before joining Latham, Sarah was the mind behind the creation of one of the first cross-functional ESG groups at a U.S.-based global law firm, where she also served as the firm’s dedicated corporate governance expert.
Climate focused environmental markets investor since 2002, having key leadership positions in some of the most successful and creative global institutional carbon/emissions asset and clean energy investment platforms. Transacted a significant proportion of compliance market project based carbon/emissions certificates.
Vincent is Atlas' Chief Commercial Officer. He is responsible for the firm's commercial development around the globe.
Vincent has over 20 years of experiences in sales, marketing and business development with in-depth expertise of renewable energy and sustainability. Before joining Atlas, he was General Manager of Canadian Solar North America, overseeing sales, marketing and operations across the North America, Caribbean and Mexico markets. Prior to that, he spent five years in Mainstream Energy as Director of Sales across the US market. Before that, he worked for The Walt Disney Company for more than seven years.
Vincent got his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.