Over $300M has been invested in bitcoin companies, fueling a growing ecosystem. Hear from VCs about why they’ve invested invested in bitcoin companies and what they’re tracking in the nascent bitcoin ecosystem.
Scott leads the FinTech initiative at Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. Additionally, Scott is the founder of Plug and Play Bitcoin, the co-organizer of the Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup, founder of the world’s first Bitcoin Job Fair, and an investor in startups including 37coins, Purse.IO, Holy Transaction & Blockscore. Scott graduated from UCLA in 2008, where he received his B.A. in History.
Balaji is both an entrepreneur and an academic. He was the cofounder and CTO of Counsyl, where he developed a new pre-pregnancy genomic test for a variety of heritable diseases.
Prior to Counsyl, Balaji obtained BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford. He then taught data mining, statistics, and computational biology in the Department of Statistics at Stanford before founding Counsyl. Recently, he taught an online Stanford course on the theory and practice of startups that reached over 125,000 students. He also runs the Stanford Bitcoin Group and advises a number of early stage companies.
As a General Partner, Balaji leads investments and joining boards on behalf of a16z. While broadly interested in technology in general, he’s particularly enthusiastic about “real world” applications where digital bits interface with physical atoms and substantive problems, such as quantified self (healthcare), MOOCs/edtech (education), Bitcoin (finance), drones, and 3D printing.
Keith Rabois joined Khosla Ventures in March 2013. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Square from August 2010 until January 2013 where he lead the company’s business operations including marketing, communications, business development, distribution, human resources and risk management. Keith specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs.
An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and began his career practicing law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Keith was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube, served on the Board of Yelp (NYSE: YELP) from 2005 to Jan 2014, and currently serves on the board of directors of Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM). Keith holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University.
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