An O’Reilly Radar Summit Bitcoin & the Blockchain

Realities, Risks, Rewards

January 27, 2015 San Francisco, CA

Connecting the World: Design Decisions Behind Stellar

11:50am–12:10pm Tuesday, 01/27/2015
Location: Cowell Theater Level:

Sending money across countries runs on the Wire Transfer network which often take days, and is expensive. Stellar offers a platform that allows for instant currency conversation and multiple sources of liquidity, making sending money overseas a much faster and cheaper.

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Kord Campbell

Kord Campbell is a technology focused entrepreneur and errant futurist. He is the founder of, an Open Source project which strives to implement a globally federated cloud using OpenStack and Bitcoin technologies. Kord codes on out of his home in Moraga, CA.

Kord has been doing infrastructure for nearly two decades. During that time, he has started and run a variety of companies including one that peddled Internet access, one that crawled the web using other people’s computers, one that provided photo sharing before social sharing became a ‘thing’, and one that stores server logs as a service, which sounds rather boring because it is. Kord also worked at Splunk as the Chief Evangelist, until he realized logging wasn’t a religion.

Kord and his family were featured in the article Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price, which ran worldwide on the front page of the New York Times and the Herald Tribune in 2010. He’s been mostly unsuccessful in disconnecting himself from the Internet since.

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Joyce Kim


Joyce is the Executive Director at Stellar. Prior to that, she was a VC at Freestyle Capital and an entrepreneur, as well as an attorney at Wilmer Hale and Sherman & Sterling and pro bono at Sanctuary for Families and the Innocence Project. Joyce graduated from Cornell University at the age of 19, followed by graduate school at Harvard and Columbia Law School. She is also a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

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Jed McCaleb


Jed is a co-founder of Stellar Development Foundation. In 2000, he created e-Donkey which became one of the largest file-sharing networks in its time. He later created Mt. Gox, the first bitcoin exchange, which was subsequently sold and re-coded by its current owners, followed by Ripple.

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