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CoinSummit San Francisco

Op-ed - CoinSummit San Francisco

San Francisco’s CoinSummit is less than a month away. This is a two day event connecting virtual currency entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors, hedge fund professionals and others looking to learn and network in the virtual currency industry.

The event is shaping up to be one of the best, certainly in North America, and perhaps globally. CoinSummit is both proud and humbled to have Marc Andreessen of Andreessen-Horowitz as the keynote speaker.

They have also announced that they will host Jackson Palmer. He is probably best know as the co-founder of Dogecoin. Mr. Palmer will be making his first public speaking appearance at the conference. Much wow!

The speakers list reads like a who’s who of technology glitterati, including Roger Ver, Nicolas Cary, Chris Larsen, Nejc Kodric, Vitalik Buterin, Patrick Murck, Angel investor Ben Davenport, Ribbit Capital’s Micky Malka and Nick Shalek, Naval Ravikant, and Jeremy Liew.

There will be several others representing the investment community, among other heavy hitters from Silicon Valley.

What we are seeing at the moment is an explosion of startup activity in the digital and crypto currency space. This is expected to continue. It is very exciting and CoinSummit hopes to capture that excitement.

New products and services will continue to come onto the market. Mixing services are one area of particular interest in this regard. No doubt this topic will come up at the event, just as it was raised at the recent NY hearings.

Mixing services seek to maintain user anonymity and privacy in a climate where much activity is focused on appeasing regulators. Security will also be a theme of the conference.

The event seeks to focus on quality and innovation. To that end possibly the most exciting part will be the Startup Showcase. The showcase will offer 10 hand picked startups in the space the opportunity to present in front of the entire CoinSummit audience.

Interested Startups should apply here with their pitch deck. They will be selected on the basis of the size and attractiveness of the business opportunity, the strength of their team, and their traction, metrics and achievements.

The selection panel will consist of leading investors: Ben Davenport, Jimmy Furland, Pamir Gelenbe, Firat Ileri, Martin Mignot, Alex Morcos, Jez San, Nick Shalek and Santiago Subotovsky.

The deadline for applications is March 17, 2014 and the selected start-ups will be announced on March 19, 2104. Attendance for the presenting CEO/Founder of the selected start-ups will be free-of-charge.

CoinSummit is aiming to define the standard for all events globally. The mission is to bring passionate people together: entrepreneurs, investors and anyone interested in the ecosystem, in an environment conducive to cooperation and collaboration. Participants will discuss, network and make things happen.

The event will take place on the 25th and 26th of March at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Numbers are strictly limited, so there is an application process. Early Bird prices are US$500 for pre-series A Entrepreneurs and US$1500 for all others.

Apply directly here.