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Bitcoin 101 with Barry Silbert

Online • October 9, 2014

This Jam Session will cover basic Bitcoin principles and will seek to demystify and clarify what Bitcoin is, how it functions, and why we are already seeing it disrupt traditional definitions of money and begin to transform the financial services industry.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

At the intersection of technology and currency, Bitcoin has been the recipient of much media attention. As Bitcoin washes upon Wall Street’s shores, and as it receives considerable investment from the venture capital community, it's important to understand what Bitcoin is and what's the potential in the space.

This Jam Session will cover basic Bitcoin principles and will seek to demystify and clarify what Bitcoin is, how it functions, and why we are already seeing it disrupt traditional definitions of money and begin to transform the financial services industry.

About Barry Silbert
Founder of SecondMarket
Creator of the Bitcoin Investment Trust

Barry Silbert is the Founder of SecondMarket, a platform that enables private companies and investment funds to more efficiently raise capital and provide liquidity to their stakeholders by simplifying complex transaction workflows, streamlining investor onboarding and verifying that investors are accredited.

SecondMarket has received numerous accolades in recent years including being named by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. Barry has received several individual honors including being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain's, and being selected to Fortune's prestigious "40 Under 40" list.

In addition to founding SecondMarket, Barry also created the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private, open-ended trust that is invested exclusively in bitcoin and derives its value solely from the price of bitcoin. It enables investors to gain exposure to the price movement of bitcoin without the challenges of buying, storing and safekeeping bitcoins.

Barry is also one of the most prolific angel investors in the bitcoin space via his personal investment vehicle, Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., with investments in over 40 bitcoin-related companies, including BitPay, Coinbase, Gyft, BitPremier, Coinsetter, itBit, Ripple Labs, Korbit and BitPagos.

Prior to founding SecondMarket in 2004, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses. 


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Community Discussion
Virginie Glaenzer

Is it possible to get a link to the recording as I missed the event. Thank you.

October 9, 2014