An O’Reilly Radar Summit Bitcoin & the Blockchain

Realities, Risks, Rewards

January 27, 2015 San Francisco, CA

The Elephant in the Room: Bitcoin and Compliance

2:20pm–2:50pm Tuesday, 01/27/2015
Location: Cowell Theater Level:

Bitcoin, and its associated technologies, are quickly outpacing financial regulations. The legal and regulatory issues around bitcoin are murky at best. This session will cover what you can and cannot do in the existing regulatory structure and examine how future regulatory efforts, like NY state’s BitLicense, may effect the legal landscape. This session is eligible for 1/2 Continuing Education credit from the Digital Currency Council.

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Tim O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand economy and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. He is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also a founder and board member at Maker Media, which spun out of O’Reilly Media in 2012, and a board member at Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.

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Bill Janeway

Warburg Pincus LLC

William H. Janeway is a Senior Advisor and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus. He joined Warburg Pincus in 1988 and was responsible for building the information technology investment practice. Previously, he was executive vice president and director at Eberstadt Fleming. Dr. Janeway is a director of Magnet Systems, Nuance Communications, and O’Reilly Media. He is an Affiliated member of the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge University.

Dr. Janeway is a member of the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council and the board of governors of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and of the Advisory Board of the Princeton Bendheim Center for Finance. He is a member of the management committee of the Cambridge-INET Institute, University of Cambridge and a Member of the Board of Managers of the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF). He is the author of Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets Speculation and the State, published by Cambridge University Press in November 2012.

Dr. Janeway received his doctorate in economics from Cambridge University where he was a Marshall Scholar. He was valedictorian of the class of 1965 at Princeton University.

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Karen Gifford

Ripple Labs

Previously, Ms. Gifford worked as an attorney in the private sector and at the

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she was Counsel and Officer in the

Litigation and Enforcement Group. Her work at the New York Fed included the

successful defense of a claim by the Central Bank of Iran arising out of the

hostage crisis for over $1 billion, and co-heading an investigation into misconduct

in the sales and trading of complex leveraged derivatives at Bankers Trust. Later,

she was a Senior Director at Promontory Financial Group, where she advised

global banks and financial companies on regulatory issues and conducted

investigations. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. from Vassar

College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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