Thursday, 31. January 2019, Capital Factory, Crossing the Crypto Chasm ATX

from 31. January 2019 - 18:30 till 21:00

Capital Factory

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There is a growing gap between those who can participate in crypto and blockchain opportunities and those who cannot with the vast majority of projects involving the technical, financial savvy, speculators, or the wealthy.On Thursday, January 31st, Helium is hosting a panel discussion in Austin called Crossing the Crypto Chasm to explore the barriers that prevent everyone from participating in the new decentralized economy and look at companies solving real-world issues by bringing their projects to the speakers include:

Kyle Samani, Multicoin, Managing Partner
Kim Raath, Topl, CFO & Co-Founder
Kyle Ballarta, Falkon Ventures, Founder & CEO
Frank Mong, Helium, COO
Coco Tang, Helium, Director of Product

Helium's signature blocktails and food will be served.



Kyle Samani
Kyle is a serial tech entrepreneur from Austin, TX. He’s a thought leader in the crypto ecosystem who is widely recognized for his unique insights. He has been programming since he was 10 years old. 

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Prior to founding Multicoin, Kyle founded Pristine, which built software for Google Glass for use by surgeons. Under his leadership as CEO, Pristine grew to millions in revenue and raised over $5M in venture capital before being acquired. Kyle holds degrees in Finance and Management from NYU Stern.
Kim Raath
After graduating high school in South Africa, Kim went backpacking through 18 developing countries, and while working for various NGO’s she was frequently made aware of the lack of adequate resources and need for access to low-cost capital. She decided to come to the US on a Division I Track and Field scholarship and is currently the first student at Rice University to simultaneously pursue an M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Statistics. 
Recently she co-founded Topl. Topl is building the technology necessary to support more flexible and impactful markets in emerging countries. By providing greater transparency and efficiency as well as blending socially and economically motivated interests, Topl is helping unlock these markets and their potential.
Kyle Ballarta
Mr. Ballarta has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, investor, technologist, and strategic advisor. He was a member of the initial team at LifeProof, a California-based consumer electronics company that went through meteoric growth from 3 people to over 250 employees on three continents in three years before being sold to Otterbox. 
Mr. Ballarta is the Founder and CEO of Falkon Ventures, a transformative venture capital fund designed to catalyze technologies that provide sustainable solutions to global challenges, and holds a number of board, advisory, and mentor roles at private companies and organizations including Nebia, Barnana, Singularity University Labs (NASA Ames), 1776, UrbanX (BMW/MINI), DivInc, BAX, and is apart of the Founding Patron Council for Humanity 2.0 in collaboration with the Vatican.  
Frank Mong
Frank Mong is COO at Helium, where he is responsible for sales, marketing and business development for the company. Before Helium, Mong spent 20 years in cyber security including CMO at Hortonworks, SVP of Marketing at Palo Alto Networks, and VP/GM of security at HP.
Mong holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Coco Tang
Coco Tang is the Director of Product at Helium. Prior to Helium, Coco was a Senior Product Manager at Zenfolio and Product Manager at Blackberry. Coco graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters of Engineering. 

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