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About Security Token Academy

The Security Token Academy is the place where people can learn about and get insights into the new world of security tokens and security token offerings (STOs). The promise of security tokens can apply to both the use of token issuances for fundraising as well as the tokenization of a multi-trillion dollar pool of assets including real estate, debt and equity.

By using security tokens, the efficiency and effectiveness of tokens, with their potential to improve asset liquidity, can be applied to both new offerings and trading of existing securities.

Through online video content, live events and other insightful content, Security Token Academy enables investors, entrepreneurs and others to understand the new and evolving security token and crypto-based investment industries, along with the associated opportunities and pitfalls.

Some of the content you can look forward to from Security Token Academy includes:


 

Security Token Insight

A bi-weekly, live-online show that keeps you current on the security token industry, its growing momentum and its key role in the evolving financial internet. The show’s signature segment—STO Spotlight—introduces you to companies that are planning or have launched a security token offering.

Corporate Member Interviews
 

Corporate Member Interviews

The leading companies in the security token industry are Corporate Members of our Academy. We are honored to have interviews of these innovators on our website. Press play, and learn from these pioneers about how security tokens are driving the emergence of new and investment markets.


 

Interviews

Our website features interviews with key people in the security token industry, from security token enablers and exchanges or token trading companies, to investors, entrepreneurs, Wall Street gurus and more.


 

Networking Meetups

Our academy has been hosting local meetups where security token experts and enthusiasts meet and share their knowledge and experiences. Our meetups have taken place in New York City and Los Angeles, and we have expanded internationally with our most recent London meetup. We are bringing news and information on this industry directly to where people work and reside.


 

Regulatory Review

Government regulations and actions in countries around the world are shaping up the future of security tokens. Our website features a regulatory review that keeps you up to speed on regulatory actions, enforcement and directions related to the ICO and security token world.

Security Token Stories
 

Security Token Stories

Security Token Stories is the top educational podcast with the projects, networks, and leaders building the foundation for the security token industry. Each episode, Derek Edward Schloss, STA’s Director of Strategy, sits down with industry insiders to ask the questions that professionals, service providers, investors, and enthusiasts want to know most about the digitization of assets, securities, and finance.


 

The Digital Wrapper

A series of narrative, behind-the-scenes interviews with the teams, networks and projects building out the security token industry—published via the Security Token Academy Medium.com channel.


 

The Security Token Edge

A weekly newsletter recapping the best breaking news and updates pushing the security token industry forward.


 

Security Token Summit

Our first-ever conference, and the first Security Token Summit in the United States, took place on June 11, 2018 in New York City. The conference focused on the new and emerging world of security token exchanges and trading companies. This groundbreaking event brought together the key players of this nascent industry to learn about the new directions in security token trading organizations.


 

Security Token Industry Launch Event

On October 4-5, 2018, security token leaders, experts and enthusiasts came together to celebrate the opening bell of the security token industry in New York City.

  • Security Token Insight: A bi-weekly, live-online show that keeps you current on the security token industry, its growing momentum and its key role in the evolving financial internet. The show’s signature segment—STO Spotlight—introduces you to companies that are planning or have launched a security token offering.
  • Interviews: Our website features interviews with key people in the security token industry, from security token enablers and exchanges or token trading companies, to investors, entrepreneurs, Wall Street gurus and more.
  • Regulatory Review: Government regulations and actions in countries around the world are shaping up the future of security tokens. Our website features a regulatory review that keeps you up to speed on regulatory actions, enforcement and directions related to the ICO and security token world.
  • The Digital Wrapper: A series of narrative, behind-the-scenes interviews with the teams, networks and projects building out the security token industry—published via the Security Token Academy Medium.com channel.
  • The Security Token Edge: A weekly newsletter recapping the best breaking news and updates pushing the security token industry forward. Sign up here.
  • Security Token Summit: Our first-ever conference, and the first Security Token Summit in the United States, took place on June 11, 2018 in New York City. The conference focused on the new and emerging world of security token exchanges and trading companies. This groundbreaking event brought together the key players of this nascent industry to learn about the new directions in security token trading organizations. Watch videos from the Security Token Summit here.
  • Security Token Industry Launch Event: On October 4-5, 2018, security token leaders, experts and enthusiasts came together to celebrate the opening bell of the security token industry in New York City. Watch videos from the event here.
  • Meetups: Our academy has been hosting local meetups where security token experts and enthusiasts meet and share their knowledge and experiences. Our meetups have taken place in New York City and Los Angeles, and we are expanding internationally with our upcoming London meetup. We are bringing news and information on this industry directly to where people work and reside.
 
 

Aubrey Chernick, Founder and CEO of Security Token Academy

Aubrey Chernick

Founder & CEO

Aubrey Chernick is a philanthropist and entrepreneur. He founded Candle Corporation, a software company that built software to manage the new IBM Operating System. IBM would go on to become a customer of Candle, and eventually acquire the software company. Now, Chernick’s key interests include supporting education and the arts, as well as helping the next generation of start-up companies.

 
Lyndsi Stevens, General Manager of Security Token Academy

Lyndsi Stevens

General Manager

Lyndsi is the General Manager at the Security Token Academy. Previously, she was VP of Marketing for NextGen Crowdfunding, LLC. She started her career in digital marketing at a Washington, DC-based startup after graduating from Georgetown University with a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Florida State University.

 
Adam Chapnick, Programming Director of Security Token Academy

Adam Chapnick

Programming Director

Adam Chapnick is a globally recognized serial entrepreneur known for disrupting long-established industries with tech-supported new-model approaches. He’s an active consultant to tech founders on strategy, operations, and financing.

Adam founded Distribber.com, the flat-fee VOD distribution service that empowers content creators to distribute their work like a major studio. Filmmakers keep all rights, and get all their revenue.

Adam has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association since 2009.

A prolific thought-leader on rewards-based and equity crowdfunding, Adam has presented on the subject at hundreds of events around the world and in dozens of verticals since 2010.

He was a Principal at Indiegogo, which he helped build into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, with over 200,000 campaigns, users in over 175 countries, operating in multiple languages and 5 currencies.

Adam is an advisor to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Technology and Innovation division, and is embedded with their Entrepreneur In Residence program.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters, is an avid sand sculptor, and sings when others wish he wouldn’t.

 
Stephen McKeon, Chief Strategic Officer of Security Token Academy

Stephen McKeon

Chief Strategy Advisor

Stephen McKeon earned a PhD in finance (2011) and an MS in economics (2009) at Purdue University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration (2000) from the the University of Oregon. His professional experience includes a venture capital backed startup in Silicon Valley and six years as the chief financial officer of a high production winery in Napa Valley. He co-founded Skyward, a commercial drone software company, which was acquired by Verizon in 2017. Areas of research include cryptoassets, security issuance, and M&A. His work has been published in top academic journals and cited in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NY Times (Dealbook), Forbes, MarketWatch, Smart Money, and Fox Business News. He joined the Lundquist College of Business faculty in 2011 and teaches in the PhD, MBA and undergraduate programs.

 
Derek Edward Schloss, Director of Stragey of Security Token Academy

Derek Edward Schloss

Director of Strategy

Derek Edward Schloss is the Director of Strategy for Security Token Academy. In addition to his role at Security Token Academy, he is also an Oregon Attorney, having earned both his JD (2014) and MBA (2014) from the University of Oregon. His professional experience includes Co-Founder/CEO of a national apparel company, former Instructor of Marketing at the University of Oregon, and VC Fund Analyst. Derek received his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona (2008).

 
Amy Wan, STA Host & Client Services of Security Token Academy

Amy Wan

STA Host & Client Services

Amy Wan is Founder & CEO of Sagewise, dispute resolution infrastructure for smart contracts. She chairs the EOS Alliance Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Working Group, and has authored the Bloomberg Law practice guide to ICOs and Lexis Nexus' Private Equity practice guide. Previously, she was a Partner at a boutique securities law firm and General Counsel at a real estate crowdfunding platform. Amy is also the founder and co-organizer of Legal Hackers LA, which programs around the intersection of law and technology; was named one of ten women to watch in legal technology by the American Bar Association Journal in 2014 and one of 18 millennials changing legaltech by law.com in 2018; and was nominated as a Finalist for the Corporate Counsel of the Year Award 2015 by LA Business Journal.

Amy has also worked in international regulatory and trade policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Transportation. She holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California.

 
 
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