An O’Reilly Radar Summit Bitcoin & the Blockchain

Realities, Risks, Rewards

January 27, 2015 San Francisco, CA

From Credit Card to Bitcoin Payments

10:45am–11:10am Tuesday, 01/27/2015
Location: Cowell Theater Level:

Multi-billion dollar businesses like Microsoft and Overstock are now accepting bitcoin. Our panel of pioneering bitcoin payment providers will share their insights into the benefits of accepting bitcoin, clear up misconceptions, and talk about the future of bitcoin payments. This session is eligible for 1 Continuing Education credit from the Digital Currency Council.

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Meg Nakamura

Shift Payments

In 2005, Meg joined Promontory Financial Group and helped open their Tokyo office. At Promontory, Meg specialized in risk and compliance reporting and anti-money laundering programs. In 2009, Meg and Greg Kidd co-founded 3taps, a company that aggregates all the postings on the web (eg: craigslist, eBay, indeed,,, etc). Many companies subscribe to 3taps to build products on top of the data. Padmapper and Live Lovely, for example, help people find apartments. In 2010, Meg and Greg started investing in early stage companies. The investment entity, Hard Yaka, focuses on startups in the exchange space. It currently has approximately 40 companies in its portfolio. In late 2013, Meg and Greg created a prototype for what eventually became the Shift card. They, with their co-founders, applied to YC with the prototype and just graduated in August. Shift is currently in beta and plans to launch in Q1 2015.

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Stephen Pair


Stephen has over 20 years of experience building software systems in the financial and telecommunications industries. Stephen has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

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Roger Gu


Roger Gu is a Business Development Manager at Coinbase, Inc., focused on new payment partnerships. He previously worked in Strategy and Development at Visa, where he focused on innovation and alternative payments. Prior to that, he was an investment banking analyst for retail-tech companies at Marcum Cronus. He holds an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University.

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