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Among others, we will be joined by special guests Naval Ravikant (AngelList) and Neal Stephenson (author of Snow Crash, and most recently Fall) in a fireside chat.

Neal StephensonBest-selling author, Futurist

Neal Stephenson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Snow Crash, Seveneves, Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line.

Naval RavikantEntrepreneur, Angel Investor

Naval is an entrepreneur and angel investor, a co-author of Venture Hacks, and a co-maintainer of AngelList. Previously he was a co-founder at Genoa Corp (acquired by Finisar), (IPO via, and (largest white-label classifieds marketplace). He has also advised, iPivot, and XFire, among others, and invested in many companies, including Twitter, FourSquare, DocVerse (sold to Google), Mixer Labs (sold to Twitter), Jambool (sold to Google), SnapLogic, PlanCast, Stack Overflow, Heyzap, and Disqus.

Elizabeth starkCEO & Co-Founder, Lightning Labs
Andreas M. AntonopoulosAuthor. Coder. Entrepreneur.
@aantonop. To learn more about Andreas and his work, visit his website
MUNEEB ALICo-Founder & CEO, Blockstack PBC
Balaji SrinivasanAngel investor. Cofounder of Earn, Counsyl, Teleport, Coin Center. Previously CTO of Coinbase, GP a16z
Meltem DemirorsChief Strategy Officer of CoinShares
dave morinFounder of Slow Ventures
Past: CEO/Co-Founder, Path
Karen UbellSpecial Counsel, Cooley LLP
Rob RosenblumCorporate and Securities Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR)
Melody HeCo-founder & Partner, Co-Head of Spartan Advisory at The Spartan Group
Peter Van ValkenburghDirector of Research, Coin Center
Kai WuPartner, SNZ Holdings
Dani GrantAnalyst, USV
Joshua Ashley KlaymanU.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets, Linklaters LLP
Michael ArringtonFounder of TechCrunch, CrunchBase and Arrington XRP Capital
Jaron LanierComputer Scientist, Composer, Artist, and Author
Patrick StanleyHead of Growth, Blockstack PBC
Marco SantoriPresident and Chief Legal Officer, Blockchain


09:00 AM

Xan Ditkoff (Production Partner, Blockstack PBC)

Welcome to the Blockstack Summit

09:05 AM

Muneeb Ali (CEO and Co-founder, Blockstack PBC)

Blockstack and Crypto Singularity

09:30 AM

David Wachsman (Wachsman), Richard Muirhead (Fabric Ventures) and Dr. Seven Waterhouse (Orchid Labs)

The Evolution of Capitalism

09:50 AM

Dave Morin (Founder of Slow Ventures; Past: CEO/Co-Founder, Path) and Muneeb Ali (CEO and Co-founder, Blockstack PBC)

Decentralized social networks and why they’re important for society

10:10 AM

Richard Myers (Decentralized applications engineer at goTenna, author of the Global Mesh Labs Lot49 white paper, co-founder of Bytabit)

Lot49: Incentivizing Mobile Mesh Networks with Bitcoin Lightning

10:15 AM

Marco Santori ( Announcement

10:25 AM

Morning break

10:45 AM

Elizabeth Stark (CEO and Co-Founder, Lightning Labs) and Xan Ditkoff (Production Partner, Blockstack PBC)

Bitcoin, Lightning & Our SciFi Future

11:05 AM

Brady Dale (Reporter, CoinDesk/moderator), Brittany Laughlin (Investor Relations Partner, Blockstack PBC), Michael Arrington (Founder of TechCrunch, CrunchBase and Arrington XRP Capital), Dani Grant (Analyst, USV) and Brett Gibson (Partner, Initialized Capital)

Investing in a Decentralized Space Panel

11:40 AM

Balaji Srinivasan (Angel investor. Cofounder of Earn, Counsyl, Teleport, Coin Center)

Pseudonymous Economy

12:00 pm

Patrick Stanley (Head of Growth, Blockstack PBC)

How Blockstack Decentralized Apps can beat centralized apps

12:15 pm


01:20 pm

Naval Ravikant (Entrepreneur, Angel Investor) and Neal Stephenson (Best selling author)

Fireside Chat with Naval Ravikant and Neal Stephenson

02:20 pm

Andreas Antonopoulos (Author. Coder. Entrepreneur)

Thoughts on The Future of Programmable Money

02:50 pm

Afternoon Break

03:05 pm

Peter Van Valkenburgh (Director of Research, Coin Center, moderator), Rob Rosenblum (Partner, WSGR), Karen Ubell (Special Counsel, Financial Services Regulatory, Cooley) and Joshua Ashley Klayman (U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets, Linklaters)

Regulatory Panel

03:35 pm

Diwaker Gupta (Blockstack PBC)

Can't Be Evil Engineering

03:50 pm

Meltem Demirors (CoinShares)

Red Pill or Blue Pill: The Two Faces of Bitcoin

04:05 pm


04:15 pm

Brittany Laughlin (Investor Relations Partner, Blockstack/moderator), Melody He (Co-founder & Partner, Spartan Group), Ben El-Baz (Head of Ecosystems / Chief Strategy Office, HashKey Group / HashKey Pro), Kai WU (Partner, SNZ Holding), and Wei Jiang (Venture Partner, ZhenFund)

Crypto in Asia: What It Really Looks Like

04:50 pm

Jaron Lanier (Scientist, Author, Musician and Artist)

Once we have a better way to handle transactions, what aspects of life do we want to see handled by transactions?

05:20 pm

Jaron Lanier (Scientist, Author, Musician and Artist) with Patrick Stanley (Head of Growth, Blockstack PBC)

Jaron Lanier Q&A

05:30 pm

Larry Salibra (New Internet Labs)

Can’t Be Evil Terms of Service

05:40 pm

Muneeb Ali (Blockstack PBC)

Closing Remarks

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