In the world of cryptocurrencies, many terms such as blockchain, virtual currency, cryptocurrency, mining or ICO are handled, which can generate confusion & many questions. This is especially true as corporations & startups in particular are now looking at ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) as instruments to raise funds as opposed to traditional equity investment from Venture Capital firms.
On this new session of our Wine & Learn series, we invite you to discover more about ICOs, an instrument that is aiming to revolutionize business financing but is also bringing many questions & risks to the forefront.
The evening will start with a short introduction to set the background for the panel conversation.The panel discussion will be followed by our traditional networking hour with wine & cheese!
Jonathan Chester, Founder & President of Bitwage, a payroll & invoicing solution built on top of the bitcoin blockchain that raised funds from VCs & corporate funds, such as Tim Draper's Draper Associates, BPI France & Orange Silicon Valley through the Orange Fab accelerator.
Terry Culver,CEO of Ethereum Classic Labs, an incubator for projects on the Ethereum Classic Blockchain. Terry has worked in fundraising & business development in a variety of fields ranging from technology, emerging markets, & education.
Anne-Flore Goldsberry,CMO of Bankorus, a wealth management platform powered by AI & built on blockchain, has been deeply involved in the financial services & technology community, having led global marketing activities for a variety of financial brands such as Citibank, Silicon Valley Bank & Logitech.
Rza Malekzadeh,General Partner at Partech, a global investment platform for tech & digital companies, with offices in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, & Dakar.Rza is also an active catalyst & leader in the French Silicon Valley tech community.
Aymerik Renard,General Partner at Hardware Club, a firm based in San Francisco, Paris & Tokyo, helping hardware founders build amazing companies. The firm inaugurated their first fund of $50M in December.
Adam Sterling,Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Business at Berkeley Law & co-founder of Startup@BerkeleyLaw.
Panel moderated by Virginia Slutu,a California-licensed attorney & French corporate counsel, is the founder of the San Francisco-based law office LEGALSV. She advises startups & investors on a wide range of corporate & transactional matters covering startup formation, funding & regulatory compliance.
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