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January 27, 2015 San Francisco, CA

A Conversation with Reid Hoffman and Wences Casares

3:00pm–3:20pm Tuesday, 01/27/2015
Location: Cowell Theater Level:

Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock Partners, in conversation with Wences Casares, Founder & CEO, Xapo.

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Reid Hoffman

LinkedIn | Greylock Partners

An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. He led LinkedIn to profitability as chief executive officer and served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was also a founding board member. Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. He focuses on building products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects and possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive, “blitzscale” growth. Reid is the coauthor of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-Up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling,” based on his Stanford course of the same name.

Reid currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Edmodo, Xapo, Linkedin, and a few early-stage companies still in stealth as well as a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Mozilla Corporation, Endeavor, and Do Something. In 2010, he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute. In 2012, he was honored by the Martin Luther King Center’s Salute to Greatness award and received the David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica as well as an honorary doctor of law from Babson University. Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University.

Wences Casares

Xapo

Wences Casares is a technology entrepreneur, based in Palo Alto, California, with global business experience specializing in technology and financial ventures. He is founder and CEO of Xapo, a bitcoin wallet and vault startup.1

Originally from Patagonia, Argentina, Casares launched that country’s first Internet Service Provider, Internet Argentina S.A. in 1994, a company he would go on to sell in order to found the Argentine online brokerage Patagon in 1997, working with partner Meyer Malka. With Casares serving as Chairman and CEO, Patagon established itself as Latin America’s first comprehensive Internet financial services portal and expanded its online banking services to the United States, Spain, and Germany. Patagon was acquired by the Spanish bank, Banco Santander for $750 million2 in 2000.

Casares founded Wanako Games, a videogame developer headquartered in New York City with development based out of Santiago, Chile. Wanako Games developed the award winning game Assault Heroes honored as “Game of the Year” for Microsoft Xbox Live in 2006, and was acquired by Activision.

In 2002 Casares along with his partners founded Banco Lemon, a retail bank for the underbanked in Brazil. Banco do Brasil, Brazil’s largest bank, acquired Banco Lemon in June 2009.

From 2004-2007 Casares and his family circumnavigated the globe aboard their sailing catamaran, Simpatica.3

Casares was the founder and CEO of Lemon, a digital wallet platform. In 2013 the American firm LifeLock bought Lemon for about $43 million (US).

Casares is an elected member of the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leaders of” Class of 2011 and regularly attends the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur by Endeavor, an organization of which he later became a board member. Casares served on the board of the Viva Trust6 and founded the Fundación Síntesis.7 Casares studied business administration for three years at the University of San Andrés, in Buenos Aires, and completed the Owner/President Management program at Harvard University. He also spent one year as a Rotary Exchange Student in 1991-1992 in Washington, PA. in the USA.

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