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Melonport and MAMA present

M-1

Asset Management 3.0

07 & 08 Feb 2019
No sponsors. Content only.
Zug, Switzerland

The videos and slides of all M-1 presentations and panels will be uploaded soon!

Our Philosophy


After laying down the framework for asset management 3.0 at M-0, it is time to re-group the key ecosystem players together once again to examine the progress we have made in the last year and, more importantly, focus our attention on the years to come.

Together, we are building the financial operating system of the future. This is fast-becoming a future where each person can hold custody of their own wealth. A future without costly intermediation. A future where you can interact with other players of the global financial system in a fair and transparent way regardless of your geographic or socioeconomic background. A future where no single institution or group of institutions has control over the assets we all share.

Agenda

The M-1 journey

KEYNOTES:

  • A history of money: from metal to Melon

    Dylan Grice
    Head of Liquid Investments Calibrium AG
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    Dylan Grice
    Head of Liquid Investments Calibrium AG

    Dylan Grice is the Head of Liquid Investments at Calibrium AG, a Private investment Office based in Zurich. Prior to moving to Switzerland he was a banker in London, enjoying spells as a market strategist and a proprietary trader. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
    About Calibrium AG
    Calibrium is a private investment office. It works in the interest of a European family. Calibrium operates with a long-term horizon and strives to provide the highest quality investment and financial services.
  • Transitioning Melon from Ethereum to Substrate

    Dr. Gavin Wood
    Founder/President Web3 Foundation
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    Dr Gavin Wood
    Founder/President Web3 Foundation

    Dr. Gavin Wood is the Co-Founder of Parity Technologies and President of Web3 Foundation. Gavin is developing the next generation of blockchain tech with Polkadot, the interoperability platform of public/private app-specific blockchains to power a decentralized web 3.0 that will disrupt centralized internet powers and provide a platform for developers to create more equitable, peer-to-peer societal institutions that are not possible today. To help foster blockchain innovation, Gavin recently released blockchain-building tech Substrate.

    Gavin began originating blockchain technology as Co-Founder and CTO of Ethereum. He designed and stewarded the Solidity language, invented Proof-of-Authority consensus, and designed and implemented the Whisper protocol.
  • Governance: Unveiling of the Melon Council

    Jenna Zenk
    CTO Melonport
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    Jenna Zenk

    Jenna is a software engineer with a background in financial markets and experience in asset management. She graduated from ESCP Europe in Paris, with a Master in Management and Financial Engineering. Prior to joining Melonport, she worked in the hedge fund industry, both in Paris and New York. Her involvement in the Ethereum ecosystem and passion for decentralization and crypto-economics got her into programming. She learned fullstack javascript at Fullstack Academy of Code in New York. With both financial and technical knowledge, Jenna is devoted to build Melon as the new standard in asset management.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • Challenging Melonomics

    Ryan Zurrer
    Board Member Web3 Foundation
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    Ryan Zurrer
    Board Member Web3 Foundation

    Ryan is an executive that works to realize outlier returns for stakeholders in token-enabled decentralized consensus networks that leverage blockchain technology.
    After decade working in renewable energy focused on the negotiation, development, execution and operation of utility-scale renewable generation assets, I discovered Bitcoin in late 2012 and subsequently became very passionate about the Ethereum ecosystem and blockchain technology generally. I began as an Angel Investor supporting start-ups developing deeply compelling innovations with blockchain-enabled networks. Today, my focus is on finding great projects and technical teams that could realize significant network effects with the right tokenization strategy for the Polychain Capital fund as well as finding great investment partners to help Polychain Capital continue its outlier growth.
  • Bring your own governance model to Aragon

    Jorge Izquierdo
    CTO Aragon One
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    Jorge Izquierdo

    Jorge is a cofounder of the Aragon Project and currently is the CTO of Aragon One, mostly focused on technology research. Before Aragon, Jorge was a mobile app developer and a tinkerer with any interesting tech he would learn of.

On-chain asset management, and where do we go from here?

  • Mona El Isa
    CEO Melonport
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    Mona El Isa

    Mona El Isa is a former star-trader at Goldman Sachs, promoted to Vice President by the age of 26 and made the “top 30 under 30” list in Trader Magazine in 2008 and Forbes Magazine in 2011 after profitably trading the 2008 and 2011 crashes. After that, she moved to Geneva-based macro fund Jabre Capital in 2011, before deciding in 2014 that the future of finance lay in blockchain technology. She studied Economics & Statistics at the University College London.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • Jenna Zenk
    CTO Melonport
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    Jenna Zenk

    Jenna is a software engineer with a background in financial markets and experience in asset management. She graduated from ESCP Europe in Paris, with a Master in Management and Financial Engineering. Prior to joining Melonport, she worked in the hedge fund industry, both in Paris and New York. Her involvement in the Ethereum ecosystem and passion for decentralization and crypto-economics got her into programming. She learned fullstack javascript at Fullstack Academy of Code in New York. With both financial and technical knowledge, Jenna is devoted to build Melon as the new standard in asset management.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • Simon E. Schmid
    Head of UX/Front-End Melonport
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    Simon E. Schmid
    Head of UX/Front-End Melonport

    Simon worked for more than 10 years as a Full Stack Software Engineer where he gained a profound and extensive knowledge on how to develop user interfaces that are fascinating and comprehensible to use.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • Travis Jacobs
    Blockchain Developer Melonport
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    Travis Jacobs
    Blockchain Developer Melonport

    Before building smart contracts with Melonport, Travis' interest in open source software led him to code with the OpenWorm project, under Google's sponsorship. He then wrote his Master's in Bioengineering at Imperial College London, attending Ethereum's Devcon One during this period. Travis is now dedicated to developing the Melon Protocol, and fostering the growth of the surrounding community.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • Matthias Gemperli
    Software Developer Melonport
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    Matthias Gemperli
    Software Developer Melonport

    Matthias worked for more than seven years as a frontend developer and consultant in various industries. Starting with smaller websites, he eventually developed larger high scalable web applications. Before he joined Melonport he worked for a Swiss e-commerce startup in Zurich. Away from the computer you can find him skiing or climbing in the mountains.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • Gautham Nekkanti
    Blockchain Developer Melonport
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    Gautham Nekkanti
    Blockchain Developer Melonport

    Gautham is a blockchain developer with passion and experience in free and open-source software (FOSS). He was a Google Summer of Code student and a mentor. He is a finalist among more than 3 thousand participants at a national level innovation contest by Accenture for his project in blockchain based digital records that can be integrated with traditional government systems.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • Sebastian Siemssen
    Software Developer Melonport
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    Sebastian Siemssen
    Software Developer Melonport

    Sebastian is a polyglot software developer and speaker with experience in a broad range of modern web technologies. Before joining Melonport as a contractor and consultant, he studied human medicine in Vienna and worked as lead engineer and chief technology officer at various digital agencies in Austria and Switzerland. Sebastian's passion for open source software has led him to contribute to many popular projects as well as found and host local development communities. Over the years, he has obtained a track record as a speaker at multiple international conferences.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • John Orthwein
    Head of Risk Engineering Melonport
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    John Orthwein
    Head of Risk Engineering Melonport

    John has spent has spent the last 12 years working in the Investment Management industry with liquid alternatives at LGT Capital Partners, and before that, as an analyst at Man Investments. Previously, John was a software engineer developing distributed, high-availability enterprise systems for pension funds and companies such as SUN Microsystems, PIMCO, State Street, Allianz and Lufthansa Systems. He holds MA and BA degrees in economics from Miami University. John will be working to design and build out the Melon Protocol’s Risk Engineering capabilities.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.

Securing the Future of Finance

  • Matthew Di Ferrante
    Founder ZK Labs
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    Matthew Di Ferrante
    Founder ZK Labs

    Matthew is the Founder of ZK Labs and has been involved in the ethereum/blockchain community for many years, and close to a decade of experience as a software engineer. His expertise are cryptography, distributed systems and information security.
  • Martin Lundfall
    Formal Verification Researcher at Dapphub, MakerDAO and CirclesUBI
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    Martin Lundfall
    Formal Verification Researcher at Dapphub, MakerDAO and CirclesUBI

    Martin Lundfall is a formal verification researcher at Dapphub, MakerDAO and CirclesUBI. Before joining Dapphub, he was the main developer of TransActive Grid, a peer-to-peer energy market that later developed into Grid+. His background is in mathematics, computer science, physics and brain computer interfacing.

The asset tokenization thesis

  • Talal Tabbaa
    COO and Co-founder Jibrel Network
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    Talal Tabbaa
    COO and Co-founder Jibrel Network

    Talal Tabbaa is the co-founder and COO at Jibrel Network, a blockchain platform for the tokenization of financial assets. Prior to co-founding Jibrel, Talal was a Senior Management Consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers UAE and managed a private investment fund for a private office in Saudi Arabia. By education, Talal is Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
    About Jibrel Network
    Jibrel provides traditional financial assets such as currencies, commodities, debt instruments and securities, as standard ERC-20 tokens, on the Ethereum blockchain. Jibrel AG is a public limited company domiciled in Zug, Switzerland, which successfully conducted a 30 million USD token sale during 2017. Jibrel is an SRO member under VQF in Zug, Switzerland, part of the Dubai International Financial Center Fintech Accelerator, and the Regulatory Sandbox of the Central Bank of Jordan.
  • Zoe Adamovicz
    CEO and Co-founder Neufund
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    Zoe Adamovicz
    CEO and Co-founder Neufund

    CEO and co-founder at Neufund. Being a Blockchain regulatory & security tokens experts Zoe actively advises to German and Maltese governments on DLT frameworks. Former Co-founder and CEO at Xyologic Mobile Analysis GmbH (exited to Nasdaq-listed venture Digital Turbine Inc.), Head of EMEA and Executive VP of Group Technology Development at Digital Turbine. Occasional angel investor. Mentor at Gaza Sky Geeks. Named one of the top 50 women in tech by Forbes in 2018.
    About Neufund
    Neufund provides an end-to-end solution for asset tokenization and issuance. Its open-source set of protocols for enhanced ownership allows anyone to give real-world assets a representation on the Ethereum Blockchain in form of legally-binding security tokens. The first application of Neufund's tech and legal architecture are "Equity tokens" whcih enable companies to conduct regulated offerings on-chain. Being at the legal and technical frontier, Neufund advises governments on DLT regulation, supports open-source development projects and educates financial communities around the world.

Decentralized Exchanges: one goal, different approaches

  • Will Harborne
    Director of Operations Ethfinex
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    Will Harborne
    Director of Operations Ethfinex

    Director of Operations at Ethfinex, and founder of the Nectar token. Will spun Ethfinex out of Bitfinex, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, with the mission to give customers full control over every aspect of their trading, using blockchain based trading tools and customer governance. Will holds a Masters of Engineering from University of Cambridge.
    About Ethfinex
    Ethfinex is a digital asset exchange providing a choice between both highly-flexible centralised, and trustless on-chain trading. Market makers on Ethfinex are incentivized to use the platform through the Nectar (NEC) token which rewards traders on the platform with a stake in its development. The community of Nectar holders govern the platform.
  • Yaron Velner
    CTO Kyber Network
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    Yaron Velner

    Velner holds a PhD in computer science from Tel Aviv University. His research is focused on game theory incentives in blockchain protocols and formal verification of smart contracts Yaron is also an experienced software developer with over 10 years as a senior software engineer and a technical leader at EZchip semi-conductors. He was a member in the data structure and algorithm team, which developed novel data structures for IP routing.
    About Kyber Network
    Kyber's on-chain liquidity protocol allows decentralized token swaps to be integrated into any application, enabling value exchange to be performed seamlessly between all parties in the ecosystem. Using this protocol, developers can build innovative trading flows and applications, including instant token swap services, ERC20 payments, and financial DApps.
  • Martin Köppelmann
    CEO and Co-founder Gnosis
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    Martin Köppelmann
    CEO and Co-founder Gnosis

    Martin Köppelmann has been an entrepreneur and in the blockchain space for more than 5 years. He is the CEO and co-founder of the decentralized Gnosis prediction market - the first bigger dApp that went live on Ethereum. Closely related to prediction markets is his work on decentralized market driven governance mechanisms: Futarchy.

    Beyond the entrepreneurial activity Martin has done research on the economic incentive structure of different consensus mechanisms and scalability solutions via state channels. Martin help building the Ethereum community by co-hosting the Ethereum meetup groups in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Finally, Martin is well known for his work and research on “basic income on the blockchain: Circles” - a new currency built on top of Ethereum that aims to implement a basic income as monetary policy.
    About Gnosis
    Gnosis will be a disruptive force driving change in a number of systemically important global markets, including finance, insurance, and information. Gnosis prediction markets will also find applications in new forms of distributed, market-based governance protocols, and will provide unique incentivization opportunities for both local and global economies. Gnosis is well-positioned as a medium for a long-term shift toward information arbitrage economies that will power the Internet of Things, as well as more advanced forms of artificial intelligence. We believe that we are on the cusp of a Cambrian explosion of machine intelligence that will leverage a global liquidity pool of information for decision-making and will be deeply interwoven on a shared blockchain fabric such as Ethereum. Decentralized prediction markets seeded on Gnosis will be the ideal medium of exchange for these intelligent agents.

The liquidity problem on decentralized exchanges

  • Michael Feng
    CEO Hummingbot
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    Michael Feng

    Michael is one of the founders of Hummingbot, which makes open source tools that democratize liquidity provision for crypto-assets. Before Hummingbot, he was Director of Product at Nitro, which acquired doxIQ, the first startup he founded. Michael started his career structuring credit derivatives at Citigroup and JPMorgan. He has a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
    About Hummingbot
    Hummingbot is open source software that allows anyone to run a high-frequency market making bot. By democratizing access to automated strategies that were only available to algorithmic hedge funds, Hummingbot allows users to earn passive income while helping crypto exchanges attract more liquidity.
  • Charlie Meraud
    CEO Woorton
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    Charlie Meraud

    Charlie Méraud is the CEO of Woorton. He also co-founded the AFGC, a nonprofit dedicated to develop cryptocurrencies and decentralized technologies at the French and European level by advising policymakers and regulators. He has been nominated in Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe for his work in the crypto ecosystem. From 2014 to 2016, Charlie Meraud worked on a Credit and Forex Solutions Sales desk where he traded about €750M per year mainly in repo, forex and interest rates with CEEMEA clients ranging from banks to assets managers and insurers. After that, he was part of the launch team of Blackfin Capital Partners venture fund which raised €180M to invest in European fintech startups from early stage seed to Series B. He left a management position at the one of the fastest growing startups in Singapore to dedicate himself to cryptocurrencies in France. He’s a graduate of Paris Dauphine University with a MSc in Applied Economics and Financial Engineering.
    About Woorton
    Woorton is the first French cryptocurrency market-maker and broker-dealer backed by institutional investors. Co-founded by financial markets veterans, Woorton provides liquidity to a wide range of actors including investment funds, brokers, private banks and OTC desks by allowing them to have an upfront price through API or on trading chats and with post-trade settlement. Most recently Woorton started engaging in market-making activities for token issuers and is now developing a new project to be part of what is considered the new decentralized market infrastructure.

The Challenge of Trading Security Tokens Peer-to-Peer

  • Mathias Maurer
    CFO / CRO Crypto Fund AG
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    Mathias Maurer

    Mathias Maurer is a Member of the Executive Committee, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Risk Officer at Crypto Fund AG. Prior to joining the firm, Mathias built a fund administration for Cofis Treuhand AG and was Vice President and IT project leader in the Asset Management division of Credit Suisse. Later, he was Head of Fund Accounting at Swisscanto Asset Management AG, and served as COO, Deputy CEO, and member of the Management Committee of RBR Capital Advisors AG. Mathias is specialised in the areas of business & process implementation and organisational structuring.

    Mathias holds a diploma as a Swiss Fund Officer FA/IAF, is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA), and a Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM).
    About Crypto Finance AG
    Crypto Finance AG is a financial technology holding company founded in June 2017. The Group provides blockchain-related services through its three subsidiaries: Crypto Fund AG (Asset Management), Crypto Broker AG (Brokerage), and Crypto Storage AG (Storage).

    The aim of Crypto Finance AG is to facilitate the implementation of blockchain technology in the global economy through a range of high-quality financial services. Crypto Finance has offices in Zurich, and is based in Zug in the Crypto Valley, which is home to one of the world’s densest clusters of crypto-economic companies and innovative organisations that utilise blockchain technology.
  • Raphael Haldner
    Head of Funds & Capital Markets, Bank Frick
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    Raphael Haldner
    Head of Funds & Capital Markets Bank Frick

    Raphael Haldner is an expert at fund structuring and currently serves as the Head of Funds & Capital Markets at Bank Frick and most recently joined the Executive Board to the global Multichain Asset Managers Association. Previous to that he enjoyed a six year career in Private Banking (Banque Pasche) and as a trader for several years before that.
    About Bank Frick
    Bank Frick is an enterprising bank which offers a range of services designed for financial intermediaries. The Bank has a wealth of expertise in the area of tailored fund solutions and specialises in cutting-edge blockchain banking services. With a comprehensive product palette, Bank Frick is able to provide everything from a single source and offer its clients one-stop banking.
  • Sebastian Buergel
    CTO and Co-Founder Validity Labs
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    Sebastian Buergel
    CTO and Co-Founder Validity Labs

    Sebastian is the CTO and Co-Founder of Validity Labs. He received his PhD from ETH Zurich, before turning his curiosity and energy to the world of blockchain, smart contracts and other decentralized technologies. His previous project, SONECT, a mobile cash solution, attracted the interest one of Switzerland’s largest financial institutions, PostFinance. A regular speaker at major blockchain conferences, Sebastian is also one of the world’s leading decentralized application architects. His work includes building applications for a wide range of industries such as insurance, real estate, finance, biomedical and others.

Who is pioneering investments in crypto and what will it take for them to transition their own operations and trading to asset management 3.0?

  • Russell Newton
    GABI
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    Russell Newton

    After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences in 1986, Rus traded commodities for Shell, Salomon Brothers & JP Morgan before co-founding Global Advisors with Danny Masters in 1999. After 15 years running commodity strategies, in 2013 Global pivoted into digital assets, launching the world's first regulated bitcoin fund - GABI. Through its asset management business -- CoinShares -- the group manages more than $500M in digital assets including Nasdaq-listed ETNs tracking bitcoin & ethereum and has invested in many ICOs and blockchain-related startups. Rus focuses on investment research & financial engineering.
    About GABI
    Global Advisors launched the world's first fully-regulated crypto-currency fund (GABI) back in 2014 and since then has remained at the cutting edge of crypto-currency asset management through its CoinShares brand which offers Nasdaq-listed exchange-traded products, alternative investment management products domiciled in Jersey & Cayman, early-stage venture investing within the blockchain ecosystem as well as advisory and treasury management products.
  • Chance Du
    Founding Partner Coefficient Ventures
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    Chance Du
    Founding Partner Coefficient Ventures

    Founding Partner at Coefficient Ventures, a fund investing in blockchain empowering new economy with over 30 portfolio companies globally. Chance has been featured and covered in Forbes, Venture Beat, The Star as one of the rising famale venture capitalist in blockchain. She is also a big fan of The Dao project, looking to bring decentralized governance into assets management.
  • Keld Van Schreven
    Co-Founder KR1 PLC
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    Keld Van Schreven
    Co-Founder KR1 PLC

    Keld Van Schreven is a co-founder of KR1, a leading European publicly listed digital asset investment company supporting early-stage decentralised and open source blockchain projects. Founded in 2016, KR1 has been a notable first investor in many key projects that will power the decentralised platforms and protocols that form the emerging Web3 infrastructure including Melonport, Cosmos, FOAM and Polkadot. Keld was previously an internet entrepreneur and co-founded several web startups since 1995.
    About KR1
    KR1 plc (NEX:KR1) is a publicly listed investment company focussed on the blockchain ecosystem. We invest in early stage projects and blockchain-based digital assets. These assets power the decentralised platforms and protocols that form the emerging Web 3.0 infrastructure.
  • Jonathan Allen
    Managing Partner Dekrypt Capital
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    Jonathan Allen
    Managing Partner Dekrypt Capital

    Jonathan Allen went from disarming bombs in the military as an EOD Technician, to studying Economics at UC Berkeley. There he Co-Founded Blockchain at Berkeley and is now Managing Partner at Dekrypt Capital. Having been deeply involved in the blockchain space since 2013, he has worked with over forty early stage companies, and built PoC's for several fortune 500 companies.

How (not) to fit crypto into existing custody law

  • Mona El Isa
    CEO Melonport
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    Mona El Isa

    Mona El Isa is a former star-trader at Goldman Sachs, promoted to Vice President by the age of 26 and made the “top 30 under 30” list in Trader Magazine in 2008 and Forbes Magazine in 2011 after profitably trading the 2008 and 2011 crashes. After that, she moved to Geneva-based macro fund Jabre Capital in 2011, before deciding in 2014 that the future of finance lay in blockchain technology. She studied Economics & Statistics at the University College London.
    About Melonport
    Melonport AG is the private company behind the Melon Protocol, an on-chain tool for individuals as well as institutions to set up and manage hedge funds of digital assets.
  • Zahreddine Touag
    Head of Trading Woorton
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    Zahreddine Touag
    Head of Trading Woorton

    Zahreddine Touag is the Head of Trading at Woorton. He also co-founded the AFGC, a nonprofit dedicated to develop cryptocurrencies and decentralized technologies at the French and European level by advising policymakers and regulators. He has been nominated in Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe for his work in the crypto ecosystem. From 2015 to 2017, Zahreddine Touag worked at Natixis CIB on a Delta One trading desk. He managed a €6Bln book mainly trading Total Return Swaps and Total Return Futures on Indices as well as traditional derivatives to manage the forex, market, dividend, IR and volatility risks of the book.Before that, he worked at Société Générale CIB in Paris and New York in derivatives and commodities teams and has had experiences in structured finance at BBVA CIB and physical oil trading at Sonatrach. He’s a graduate of Paris Dauphine University with a MSc in Applied Economics and Financial Engineering.
    About Woorton
    Woorton is the first French cryptocurrency market-maker and broker-dealer backed by institutional investors. Co-founded by financial markets veterans, Woorton provides liquidity to a wide range of actors including investment funds, brokers, private banks and OTC desks by allowing them to have an upfront price through API or on trading chats and with post-trade settlement. Most recently Woorton started engaging in market-making activities for token issuers and is now developing a new project to be part of what is considered the new decentralized market infrastructure.
  • Sebastian Higgs
    Director of Business Development Vo1t
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    Sebastian Higgs
    Director of Business Development Vo1t

    Sebastian Higgs is the director of business development for Vo1t, a digital asset custodian. Prior to entering the digital asset space he worked at the Goldman Sachs office in London. He holds a masters degree in physics and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School

Battle of the stable coins

  • Rune Christensen
    CEO and Co-founder MakerDAO
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    Rune Christensen
    CEO and Co-founder MakerDAO

    Rune Christensen is Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder of MakerDAO. MakerDAO issues Dai, the world’s first stablecoin on the Ethereum blockchain, that eliminates volatility through a system of smart contracts designed to respond to market dynamics. Since 2015, Christensen has focused on establishing the vision and organizational structure of the Maker Decentralized Autonomous Organization and the economic foundations of the Dai stable digital currency. Previously, he served as co-founder of Try China, a company providing international recruiting. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen and studied International Business at the Copenhagen Business School.
    About MakerDAO
    MakerDAO is a decentralized and permissionless collateralized lending platform that allows users to borrow it’s USD pegged stable coin, called Dai, against their token assets. Dai allows users to achieve price stability in crypto, creating an opportunity to interact with decentralized applications without experiencing the volatility of the overall cryptocurrency market. The lending platform is managed by a set of smart contracts instead of a bank, allowing for greatly reduced interest rates and better global liquidity.
  • Joao Reginatto
    Director for Product Management at Circle (USDC)
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    Joao Reginatto
    Director for Product ManagementCircle (USDC)

    Joao Reginatto is Director for Product Management with Circle, a world leading crypto finance company that has raised $250m in funding and has over 7m customers globally. At Circle, Joao’s mission is to make crypto mainstream, bring Circle’s products to market working closely with regulators, governments and industry peers to help leverage the power it will bring to society.

    With over 18 years experience in tech, Joao has led engineering and product teams across the US, Europe and Latin America. Joao is passionate about building more open financial services platforms and products for consumers around the world, particularly using blockchain technology and crypto assets.

    Joao currently leads Circle's USD Coin (USDC) issuing service project, working alongside CENTRE's stablecoin framework team.

    Prior to joining Circle in September of 2016, Joao worked extensively in software engineering, IT architecture and product management, for both early stage businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Joao holds an MBA from EMLYON Business School in France and a Bachelor in Computer Science from UFRGS in Brazil.

An exciting insight into more exotic financial products coming on-chain

  • Andrew Young
    CEO and Co-founder, BetX protocol
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    Andrew Young
    CEO and Co-founder BetX protocol

    Andrew is the CEO and Co-founder of BetX protocol, a permissionless derivative protocol built on top of Ethereum. Prior to founding BetX, Andrew worked on the structured products and ETF trading desks at the Bank of Montreal. Andrew is passionate about the financial markets, spending his free time designing and implementing quantitative trading strategies. Andrew studied finance at the Ivey Business School.
    About BetX
    BetX protocol is a permissionless derivative protocol built on top of Ethereum that enables anyone to easily create, trade, and resolve decentralized derivatives peer-to-peer. The protocol enables users to transact anonymously with no counterparty or custodial risk. SportX, the world’s first crypto sports betting exchange, will be the first market built on top of BetX. Both BetX and SportX will launch in March 2019.
  • Tom Bean
    CEO and Co-founder bZx
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    Tom Bean
    CEO and Co-founder bZx

    Tom has spent over 15 years developing and leading teams. He was Lead Developer at HERE, a multi-billion dollar consortium of German car companies (BMW, Audi, Daimler) specializing in GPS technology, before co-founding bZx. Tom graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Engineering before later receiving his MBA. He built the bZx protocol from the ground up in Solidity in addition to co-authoring the whitepaper.
  • Vitaly Bahachuk
    CEO and Co-founder Bloqboard
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    Vitaly Bahachuk
    CEO and Co-founder Bloqboard

    Vitaly Bahachuk is the CEO and Co-founder of Bloqboard, a non-custodial Digital Asset Lending Platform powered by decentralized finance protocols Compound and Dharma. In addition to founding Bloqboard, Vitaly launched loanscan.io, an analytics platform for loans issued on the Ethereum blockchain. Previously, he was a Debt Capital Markets and Investment Banking analyst with KeyBanc Capital Markets in Boston and founded a Supply Chain Management company in Eastern Europe. Vitaly graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Finance.
    About Bloqboard
    Non-custodial Digital Asset Lending Platform for loans originated, settled, serviced and managed on the Ethereum blockchain. Bloqboard engineers on-chain digital asset lending solutions using permissionless decentralized finance protocols to create global liquidity network. Current offerings include peer-to-peer loans on Dharma protocol and loans from the liquidity pool powered by Compound protocol. Users of Bloqboard are traders, hedge funds, market makers, asset managers and custodians.

The timetable of the conference will be sent to you on Tuesday, 5th Feb 2019, via Email

Venue & Accomodation

The 2-day conference will take place in the Parkhotel Zug, Industriestrasse 14, CH - 6300 Zug.

PARKHOTEL Zug

For us, the Melonport and MAMA team, it is quite special to have our guests stay in the Parkhotel Zug as it was not only the location for M-0, but also the home to our team for the past two years. Melon was built in Parkhotel Zug and MAMA was founded there.

Approved M-1 attendees will receive a DISCOUNT CODE via email, which they can then use to book the rooms. All rooms are subject to availability. The M-1 DISCOUNT CODE is valid for all bookings prior to 17 Jan 2019.

Room prices range from CHF 205 – 275 depending on size and location.

RECOMENDATION: From experience, we recommend you to book early as Zug is a small city and hotel and Airbnb accommodation are scarce. If you don’t mind a 30 minute train ride in the morning, you can also stay in Zurich, the selection of Hotels is much larger there.