Stephen McKeon is an Associate Professor of Finance at University of Oregon and Chief Strategy Advisor at Security Token Academy. His research focuses on cryptoassets, security issuance, and M&A and appears regularly in top finance journals and major media outlets. His professional experience includes six years as a chief financial officer and involvement with several venture backed start-up firms and token projects as an advisor and board director. He has co-founded a venture fund, a real estate development firm, and Skyward, a commercial drone software company, which was acquired by Verizon. Prof. McKeon teaches valuation, FinTech, and venture capital at Univ. of Oregon, as well as blockchain regulation in UC Berkeley’s Blockchain Unlocked program.
Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Framework, a real estate marketplace built on distributed ledger technology. Ryan co-founded Distributed Global, a digital assets investment management firm, and has a seat on the firm's Investment Committee. Formerly, Ryan was Co-Founder and President of BrightScope, a financial data and technology company (acquired by Strategic Insight, November 2016). In 2012 Ryan was named to Forbes’ Top 30 under 30 in Finance and to the Smart Money Power 30. Ryan received his bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Carlos is an entrepreneur, investor and co-founder/CEO of Securitize Inc. Prior to Securitize, Carlos co-founded SPiCE VC, the first liquid, inclusive and transparent tokenized VC fund on the blockchain. Previously, he was the President and CEO of Telefonica R&D and CEO of New Business and Innovation at Telefonica Digital. He also co-founded and sits on the board of Wayra, one of the world’s largest corporate accelerators.
A self-described crypto-capitalist, he is the founder of Sling Ventures, an angel-investment fund co-invested by the European Invested Bank; a founder of Dubai Angel Investors; and a venture partner in THCAP VC. Carlos has also been a CTO, CEO and board member for multiple tech startups.
Securitize An end-to-end platform for issuers that are seeking to tokenize assets
Mr. Keough is founder of the IBI and a pioneer in the Security Token Industry. Keough is a sought-after speaker and a leader in using the blockchain in the tokenization of assets. Mr. Keough is the creator of the JOBS Crypto Offering (JCO) a compliant open source initiative to raising capital on the blockchain.
As CEO of Finova Financial, Keough has raised over $100M from Silicon Valley VCs and private equity firms and driven the company’s mission to transform the future of global banking through the creation of fair and affordable digital financial services for consumers outside of formal financial systems.
Finova is now working to transform the traditional capital raising process through the creation of digital equity securities (equity tokens) to be traded in cryptocurrency on the blockchain through the JOBS Crypto Offering (JCO) backed by numerous pioneers in the blockchain and crypto space.
Keough is a serial entrepreneur who previously served as CEO of a MasterCard Telefonica joint venture for global Mobile Financial Services, and over the last 20 years was founder and CEO of multiple venture-backed companies going back to the early days of the internet.
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