The 2020 Respada Digital Asset Summit hosted an exclusive delegation of senior executives from market makers, fintech startups, consulting firms, as well as policymakers. Attendees got a close-up access to witness some of the largest players in the world talk about cryptocurrency's current and future state.
Partner, Pantera Capital
Paul Veradittakit is a Partner at Pantera Capital and focuses on the firm’s venture capital and hedge fund investments. Pantera Capital is the earliest and largest institutional investor in digital currencies and blockchain technologies, formerly managing over $1B. Since joining in 2014, Paul has helped to launch the firm’s second venture fund and currency funds, executing over 60 investments. Paul also sits on the board of OpenToken, Blockfolio, and BitOasis, is a mentor at The House Fund, Boost VC, and Alchemist, and is an advisor to Orchid, Origin, and Icon. Prior to joining Pantera, Paul worked at Strive Capital as an associate focusing on investments in the mobile space, including an early stage investment in App Annie. Previously, Paul was at Hatch Consulting and LECG and performed partnerships and growth for Urban Spoils, an early stage startup in the daily deal space. Paul graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.
Pantera Capital is the first investment firm focused exclusively on bitcoin, other digital currencies, and companies in the blockchain tech ecosystem. In 2013 Pantera launched the first crypto-currency fund in the United States — when bitcoin was at $65 /BTC. The firm subsequently launched the first exclusively-blockchain venture fund and recently concluded raising its third venture fund. Pantera was also the first firm to offer a pre-auction ICO fund. Pantera Bitcoin Fund has returned over 5,300% in six years and has returned billions to its investors. Pantera currently manages $430mm in capital in seven funds across three product groups – passive, hedge, and venture.
CEO & CIO, Alpha Sigma Capital
Enzo Villani is a serial entrepreneur with a twenty-year expertise as a chief strategist to Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, and venture capital. Enzo was co-founder of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of two strategic M&A consolidations in the areas of investor relations, proxy solicitation, corporate governance and financial technology. Enzo was key in consolidating over ten service companies across 4 continents representing over 5000 public companies and raising in excess of $500 million. In the blockchain industry, Enzo was Chief Strategy Officer of Transform Group. Transform Group represented the launch of over 37% of the alt-coin market capitalization by 2019. He is the co-founder of Blockchain Wire and was the head of international strategy and innovation at OKEx. Enzo holds an MBA from Cornell University Johnson School.
Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Perkins Coie Partner Thomas Stromberg has decades of experience counseling clients on significant transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, major contracts and corporate structuring projects. Tom regularly advises corporations, boards of directors, private equity funds, hedge funds, family offices and private investors and offshore entities in a variety of transformative transactional matters in a wide range of industries, including media and entertainment, information technology, aerospace and defense, food and beverage, software, automotive, life sciences, energy, agribusiness, telecommunications, manufacturing and business services. He regularly advises clients on regulatory, corporate, fiduciary and commercial issues related to blockchain technology and its use by commercial entities and closely follows securities law developments related to issuing and trading crypto assets.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Multicoin Capital
Kyle Samani is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital, a thesis-driven investment firm that invests in cryptocurrencies, tokens, and blockchain companies.
Prior to Multicoin Capital, Samani co-founded Pristine, an enterprise software company that enables deskless workers with solutions for smart glasses. Under his leadership as CEO, Pristine grew to millions in revenue before being acquired by Upskill in May, 2017.
Based in Austin, Texas, Samani is widely recognized as a thought leader on blockchain and cryptoeconomics. He holds degrees in Finance and Management from NYU Stern and has been programming since he was 10 years old.
Simon is the Co-Founder of Liquality, a cross-blockchain unintermediated exchange network and wallet project. He is originally from Venezuela, and, through his experiences living under a currency-controlled dictatorship, came to understand the need for truly censorship-resistant protocols. After studying Engineering at Georgia Tech, he got into Bitcoin in 2013, which led him to create Deloitte's Blockchain Practice in 2014 which co-ran it until joining ConsenSys in 2017.
Partner, DLA Piper
Marius’ legal practice covers FinTech and advanced technologies, including electronic commerce, banking, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, data monetization, AI and advanced computing, semiconductors, cloud and mobile applications, and biotechnology. With an EE background and experience working inside both large public technology corporations and fast-growing startups, Marius acts as a trusted advisor to corporate boards, executive management, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Marius' practice covers a full range of commercial, regulatory, intellectual property and corporate issues, including complex commercial transactions, deployment of B2B and B2C cloud and mobile platforms, blockchain business models and tokenization, financial and regulatory compliance, privacy, high-stakes litigation, strategic patent portfolio development, M&A and IPOs, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and SEC compliance.
Marius has worked with many leading enterprises (e.g., most large US banks, most payment processors, Google, Apple, Amazon, Salesforce, Facebook, IBM, Intel, etc.), and has guided many fast-growing startups from early funding to successful M&A or IPO exits.