An O’Reilly Radar Summit Bitcoin & the Blockchain

Realities, Risks, Rewards

January 27, 2015 San Francisco, CA

Meg Nakamura

Meg Nakamura
Co-Founder & CEO, 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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