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With Benjamin Cole (Prof. Strategy & Statistics, Fordham Gabelli School of Business).
Thu, Feb 29, 2024 @ 05:30 PM   $125   Vanderbilt @Company, 335 Madison Ave
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On Wednesday, Jan 10, 2024, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) approved exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the price of Bitcoin in a game-changer for the cryptocurrency industry which has been trying for more than a decade to launch such a product. What does this mean to IT leaders, especially if we don't work for Black Rock, Fidelity, or one of the other financial services firms that launched Bitcoin ETFs?

This milestone indicates an inflection point in the adoption of blockchain technologies upon which cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are based. These technologies can enable enterprises to improve their efficiency, security, transparency, & competitiveness in the digital economy. Cryptocurrencies are only the first of many applications of blockchain technologies that will become increasingly ubiquitous in the near future. Researchers, entrepreneurs, & investors have been developing the infrastructure that these applications will require. Innovative enterpises are already deploying blockchain applications in production.

What could possibly go wrong? In this interactive session, we will explore topics like:

What information can blockchain applications keep private & secure & what will be public, for the world to see?
What are smart contracts, how do they work, & what are their strengths/weaknesses?
What are oracles & how can they be manipulated?
We'll meet in the Vanderbilt Room @Company, 335 Madison Ave. Dinner, drinks, & plenty of opportunities for networking will be provided.

Get your tickets now as space is limited!

Dr. Benjamin Cole, Ph.D. holds the William J. Loschert Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, is a Professor (and former Area Chair) of Strategy & Statistics at Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business, & recently began serving as a Faculty Advisor to the Dean on Innovation. He is an inducted Fellow of the British Blockchain Association & has been featured in Fortune (for work in blockchain & crypto), Fast Company (for insights on crypto exchanges), TechCrunch (for insights on crypto), U.S. News & World Report (for insights on culture & teaching innovation), & CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. He was named to Poets & Quants' Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professor list in 2018 & The Favorite Business Professors of the Class of 2022 list in 2023. Additionally, starting in 2022, He was asked to serve as a member of the CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council, which helps CNBC construct its ranking methodology to identify the most game-changing private companies in the world. Finally, he is the Managing Director of the Family Stewardship Council at Fordham Gabelli, which was founded to provide a safe space for members of Family Firms, Funds or Offices (FFFOs), or those considering establishing one or more, to engage in honest conversations regarding the unique challenges of such firms.

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