Blockchain and Ethereum Conference


Ethereal Summit
New York 2019




May 10th 2019


9:00 AM


Amanda Gutterman, CMO (ConsenSys)
Jesse Grushack, Co-founder (Ethereal Summit)

9:05 AM

Expediting Blockchain:
What it Means for Businesses Today and in the Future

Chris Brodersen, Specialist Leader (Deloitte)
Jack Kiernan, Manager (Deloitte)
Dhananjay Goswami, Specialist Master (Deloitte)
Sapanpreet Narang, Chief Innovation Officer (Prescient Innovations)
Moderated by Kshitish Balhotra, Manager (Deloitte)

Embracing new technology can be difficult, and switching systems can take years and cost millions of dollars. But enterprises that ignore the transformative potential of blockchain risk being left behind by their competitors. What can they do effectively integrate blockchain into their business models today, and what will it mean for the future of enterprise technology?

9:40 AM

The Consortium Conundrum

Sophia Lopez, Founder & COO (Kaleido)
Jesus Rodriguez, Managing Partner (Invector Labs)
Aaron Wright, Founder & CEO (OpenLaw)
Phil Kelly, National Director of Business Development (ConsenSys)

Building a blockchain is hard. Forming a blockchain consortium and getting to production is even harder. But the potential payoffs are limitless. This panel of blockchain experts will share key trends, learnings and the insights needed to help tackle the challenges that lie ahead, with lessons from leading innovators in production that demonstrate how to apply best practices to solve the consortium conundrum.

10:10 AM

The Smart Contract War is Coming

Tom Shaughnessy, Co-Founder & Principal (Delphi Digital)
Tanner Hoban (ConsenSys)
Ryan Selkis, Co-Founder & CEO (Messari)
Moderated by Camila Russo

We’ll discuss whether Ethereum can maintain its lead among smart contracts competitors until 2.0 architecture scales, with a focus on the economics of Ethereum 2.0 compared to other cryptoassets, including Bitcoin.

10:40 AM

Global Ambitions, Local Impact

Clyde Vanel (New York State Assembly)
Joyce Lai (The Brooklyn Project)

What a local assembly member is doing to ensure that his district will benefit from the global blockchain revolution.

11:10 AM

Narrative Battlelines

Nathaniel Whittemore - Curator (Long Ready Sundays)

How the competition to control the narrative shapes the industry as a whole, featuring a look at some of today’s most important and hotly contested narrative battles.

11:40 AM

Understanding the State of Blockchain Regulation

Teana Baker-Taylor, Executive Director (Global Digital Finance)
Caitlin Long, Cofounder (Wyoming Blockchain Task Force)
Pat Berarducci, Head of Digital Assets (ConsenSys Digital Finance)

Having shaped major legislation for blockchain in 2018, our panel will explain you what you need to know about the progress made and emerging trends for 2019.

12:10 PM

Sankofa and Blockchain

Queen Diambi Kabatusuila of the Bakwa Luntu DRC

Is blockchain innovation or simply an old concept dressed in new technology that has now become a la mode again? It is always wise to look at how our forefathers have resolved common problems related to our human condition on this Earth, to seek the best way to overcome current challenges and enable Humanity propel itself into the realm of thriving future societies in harmony with our true nature and in balance with our precious environment.

1:00 PM

Cautious Optimism

Danny Ryan, Core Developer (Ethereum Foundation)

Although the future seems bright, Danny will discuss learning from the mistakes of the past to ensure the decentralized vision of tomorrow.

1:25 PM

Innovation and Blockchain Art

Beatriz Helena Ramos, Founder (
Matt Hall (CryptoPunks and AutoGlyphs)
Jason Rosenstein, CEO (
Kevin Abosch (IAMACOIN, Yellow Lambo)
Fanny Lakoubay, COO (
Moderated by Jason Bailey

Blockchain has captured the imagination of artists around the world and led to some truly creative and innovative work. Join us for a panel with several of the top innovators in the blockchain art space as they discuss where we have been and where we think things are going in the future of blockchain and art.

1:55 PM

21st Century Learning

Natalia Ameline, Co-Founder (CryptoChicks)
Rhonda D. Eldridge, Ambassador, US and Bahamas (CryptoChicks)

Learning, no different than all aspects of human existence, is feeling the changes fueled by combinatorial technological innovation. Growing up, our classrooms were physical spaces orbiting around a central authority: the teacher. Now, a smartphone could be a classroom and the teacher a bot with programmed responses. In this talk, we will discuss the new dimensions of learning in the 21st century.

2:15 PM

The Anatomy Of A Crypto Market Bottoming

Travis Kling, Founder and Chief Investment Officer (Ikigai Asset Management)

A qualitative and quantitative review of 1) where we are; 2) broadly how we got here; 3) specifically how we got here; and 4) what the chances are we’ve bottomed.

2:50 PM

MolochDAO Announcement

Ameen Soleimani

3:20 PM

Evolving Ourselves With Blockchain

Sam Cassatt, Chief Strategy Officer (ConsenSys)

3:40 PM

Value Capture at Layer 1 and Layer 2: The Competition and Tradeoffs

Tushar Jain, Cofounder and Managing Partner (Multicoin Capital)
Jinglan Wang, Cofounder (Plasma Group)
Jack O’Holleran, Founder and CEO (Skale Labs)
Ameen Soleimani, Founder and CEO (SpankChain), Founding Member (Moloch DAO)
Moderated by Tanaya Macheel, Host of The Crypto Craze on Cheddar

With all attention on scaling Ethereum 2.0, this panel will discuss the onslaught of new competitors at L1 and the fundamental tradeoffs that come with L2.

  • Might we live in a world of many, many networks supporting many, many blockchains one day?

  • Will the lines between layers fade away?

  • Will we think of networks as security or execution oriented with their respective tradeoffs?

4:25 PM

Off The Chain Podcast Live Recording

Anthony Pompliano, Cofounder & Partner (Morgan Creek Digital Assets)
Amber Baldet, CEO and Co-Founder (Clovyr)

From the hit Off The Chain Podcast, Morgan Creek Digital Managing Partner Anthony Pompliano will host a fireside chat with Amber Baldet, the CEO and Cofounder of Cloyvr and former lead of JP Morgan’s Ethereum-based Quorum.

5:00 PM

How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mainnet

Paul Brody, Head of Blockchain (Ernst & Young)
John Wolpert, Head of Web3Studio (ConsenSys)

Paul Brody and John Wolpert will discuss why the Mainnet is about to become essential to your private, confidential business solutions.

5:30 PM

What's Next for The Ethereum Foundation

Aya Miyaguchi, Executive Director (Ethereum Foundation)

Big updates and announcements from Ethereum Foundation Executive Director, Aya Miyaguchi!

6:00 PM

Closing Remarks


May 11th 2019


9:00 AM


Amanda Gutterman, CMO (ConsenSys)
Jesse Grushack, Co-founder (Ethereal Summit)

9:05 AM

Ethereal Virtual Hackathon: Awards and Demo

A celebration of the best hacks from the Ethereal Virtual Hackathon, including a live demo from the Ethereal Best in Show prize winner.

9:20 AM

Taxonomy and Value Capture in a World of Liquid Assets

Chris Burniske, Partner (Placeholder)

Blockchains and related consensus systems are collapsing the cost of asset creation, custody and transfer. General purpose technologies that collapse costs aggregate the platforms of production that find use in them, begging the question of which forms of production, and related valuable assets, will grow atop these systems. Chris will talk about what he expects to see in the taxonomy, value capture and governance of the growing field of cryptoassets (cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities, and cryptocapital), as well as ramifications for existing traditional assets (equities, bonds, physical commodities, etc).

9:50 AM

The Future of Commercial Relationships

Charley Moore, Founder and CEO (Rocket Lawyer)
Aaron Wright, Founder and CEO (OpenLaw)

The founder of Rocket Lawyer will discuss with the founder of OpenLaw the role of blockchain in the future of contracts and how smart contracts do the job better.

10:20 AM

Our Collective Digitization and Tokenization Journey

Yorke Rhodes, Principal PM (Microsoft Azure Blockchain)

Taking stock and paving the road ahead, a measured look at where we are, a brief look at how we got here, and the building blocks to tomorrow. Highlights of valuable use cases and community experiments and things that unlock scale, adoption, and transformation.

10:40 AM

A Race for First Place: Blockchain Technology and Sports

Casey Schwab, VP, Business & Legal Affairs (NFL Players Association)
Jeff Marsilio: Senior Vice President, New Media (NBA)
Moderated by Brad Feinstein, Head of Global Business Development (ConsenSys Sports)

With the advent of blockchain technology, a new paradigm emerges to change the sporting world. Blockchain will raise the proverbial bar for how fans interact with sports, creating new market opportunities, technical efficiencies, and most importantly, a better fan experience.

11:10 AM

Taking Crypto Mainstream: DeFi and Paths to Everyday Usage

Laura Shin, Host of Unchained and Unconfirmed Podcasts
Austin Griffith, Creator of the Burner Wallet
Arjun Bhuptani, Cofounder (Connext Network)

Laura Shin will record a live episode of her podcast Unconfirmed interviewing two rising stars of the DeFi ecosystem: Arjun Bhuptani, Cofounder of Connext Network and Austin Griffith, Creator of Burner Wallet.

11:40 AM

Funding Open Source

Kevin Owocki, Founder and CEO (Gitcoin)

Open Source Software is the lifeblood of the blockchain economy. Find out about new funding mechanisms that are being explored in the design space of Blockchain + Open Source.

12:35 PM

The Future of Work

Simona Pop, Cofounder and CMO (Bounties Network)
Robby Greenfield, Cofounder (ConsenSys Social Impact)
Carlos Acevedo, Peer Collaborative Teacher and Technology Coordinator (NYC Department of Education)
Cadence Patrick, Student Ambassador (Black Girls Code)

With new decentralized applications, we can empower different communities to access a new economy they weren’t able to previously. We’ll discuss how blockchain will shape the way we work, collaborate, and earn a living now and in the future.

1:05 PM

The Herd Is Still Coming!

Mike Novogratz, CEO (Galaxy Digital)

Mike will make the case for why he’s more bullish than ever on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and our whole space.

1:55 PM

21st Century Learning

Natalia Ameline, Co-Founder (CryptoChicks)
Rhonda D. Eldridge, Ambassador, US and Bahamas (CryptoChicks)

Learning, no different than all aspects of human existence, is feeling the changes fueled by combinatorial technological innovation. Growing up, our classrooms were physical spaces orbiting around a central authority: the teacher. Now, a smartphone could be a classroom and the teacher a bot with programmed responses. In this talk, we will discuss the new dimensions of learning in the 21st century.

1:35 PM

It’s All About Trust

Michael DiPetrillo, Senior Director, Blockchain Technologies (VMWare)

Come learn about why trust is the cornerstone to blockchain and understand the areas you should address in your blockchain projects to have fully, decentralized trust.

2:00 PM

Repugnant Markets & The Right to Transact

Leah Callon-Butler, Speaker and Entrepreneur

2:20 PM

The State of Design in Cryptoland

Ric Burton, CEO and Founder (Balance)
Andy Morales, Lead Designer (ConsenSys Kuiper)
Moderated by Connie Yang, Director of Design (Coinbase)

Design has been called the “killer app” of crypto. We’ll be discussing everything from the role of design in product creation, including the difficulty of data-driven design and the balance between collecting metrics and respecting user privacy.

2:50 PM

Everything You Wanted to Know About Plasma and Were Too Afraid to Ask

Georgios Konstantopoulos, Independent Consultant (Loom Network)

We’ll hear from one of the leading Plasma researchers in the world on everything Plasma; including the difference between the many Plasma variants (MVP, Cash, Debit, Flow, etc.), Plasma vs Payment Channels, does Plasma have a business model, and what has been delivered so far.

3:30 PM

The Role of Capital Allocators in Crypto 2019

Tushar Jain, Cofounder & Managing Partner (Multicoin Capital)
Paul Veradittakit, Head of Venture & Partner (Pantera Capital)
Jalak Jobanputra, Founder & Managing Partner (Future/Perfect Ventures)
Dovey Wan, Partner (Primitive Ventures)
Moderated by Han Kao, Founder & CEO (Crypto Briefing)

Welcome to the new market regime. 10 years into the era of crypto, markets have matured to accommodate a global infrastructure and the world’s biggest companies expecting long-term growth. Similarly, the reach, role, and influence of capital allocators has evolved far beyond simply funding; and more promising new projects are coming to market than ever. In this conversation, we bring together four of the brightest allocators in crypto and venture capital to debate and discuss how to thrive in the 2019 cryptocurrency market and blockchain industry.

4:00 PM

Education, Leadership, & Patience: A Brighter Future for Digital Assets

Donna Redel, Founder and CEO of Strategic 50, Board Member of New York Angels

Ms. Redel will discuss how we move forward as a community and get the audience involved with an open Q&A session.

4:40 PM

Ethereal Keynote 2047: A Retrospective from the Other Side of the Trust Revolution

Joseph Lubin, Cofounder (Ethereum) and Founder & CEO (ConsenSys)

6:00 PM

Ethereal Art Auction

Sponsored by bridges art, luxury, and crypto. Through their smart contracts and distributed technology, art and collectibles enter a free market. Portion will be auctioning off 15 donated and commissioned pieces of digital and physical art. Buyers will receive a certificate of ownership/authentication and proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Art and Blockchain, an organization that aims to fund artists working at the intersection of blockchain and creativity.


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