Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.
Boards of Directors need to understand and consider applications of the disruptive nature of blockchain technology. This breakfast will help Directors engage in Board level conversations to ensure that your company both capitalizes on the potential of Blockchain and also avoids displacement by others innovating with this new technology.
Digital Technologies are emerging at a rapid pace which will disrupt Businesses and how they work with both Vendors and Customers. Blockchain is expected to transform business relationships across all industries. Blockchain represents a promising alternative to the current organizational and technical infrastructure, to build the trust between organizations, companies and private individuals. There is a growing interest in blockchain at the C-suite Board levels, with global investments exceeding $1.7 billion in the last three years.
Applications of Blockchain have already begun to appear in many industries including Retail, Life Science, Financial Services, Energy, and even Government. Applications range from allowing neighbors to trade and sell energy generated by rooftop solar, to tracking the pedigree of pharmaceuticals, to settling interactions between supply chain partners. While Blockchain has tremendous potential, adoption has been more gradual due to technical complexity, and confusion regarding Blockchain applicability beyond cryptocurrency. Please join us for this discussion on BlockChain to learn more about a topic that should be on your board’s radar.
Our Panelists Jamie Goldstein
Jamie Goldstein is the Founding Partner of Pillar, an early stage venture capital firm focused on building companies in Boston. Jamie started Pillar in conjunction with 16 of the leading tech company CEOs in Boston, including the CEOs of TripAdvisor, Wayfair, Rapid7 and Demandware. Pillar has invested in Pillpack, Kuebix, and PathAI and blockchain companies Algorand, LBRY, Talla and Hellotickets.
Previously Jamie was an investing partner for 18 years at North Bridge Venture Partners. Prior to North Bridge, Jamie co-founded PureSpeech, a venture-backed speech recognition software and applications company that was acquired by Voice Control Systems [NASDAQ: VCSI] and subsequently sold to Nuance [NASDAQ: NUAN].
As Senior Vice President of Treasury and Financial Services at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Jim Cunha leads the Bank's work on behalf the Bank's cash operation, wholesale payments, mobile and digital payments.
Cunha is spearheading the Boston Fed's efforts to study, explore, and engage with distributed ledger technology to determine applicability, potential benefits, and risks for internal and external uses. He is focused on the evolution of the technology and its potential impact on the financial services sector.
Cunha is also responsible for two U.S. Treasury businesses supported by the Boston Fed: Stored Value Card, which is a chip-based card prepaid used world-wide by the U.S. military; and Invoice Processing Platform, a web based portal to automate purchase order and invoice processing for Federal agencies and their vendors.
Jim has worked at the Boston Fed since 1984. Prior to that, he worked at Fleet National Bank. He has a Bachelor of Science in accounting and philosophy from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from Rhode Island College. He is chairman of the board of Children's Friend and Family Services of Salem, Mass. and an ex-officio member of the board of directors at New England ACH Association (NEACH), a payments education non-profit.
In her more than 25 years with IBM, Marie has held a variety of technical and executive roles in IBM's hardware, software, and services units. She is passionate about innovation from diverse teams and driving business impact from new technologies.
In January 2017, Marie was named into her current position as general manager of Blockchain, which is poised to transform business processes and transactions. Marie is responsible for IBM’s participation in the Hyperledger project and in building an open blockchain ecosystem for developers and service providers, and to create and run enterprise blockchain networks and solutions.
Marie holds an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a B.S. in Engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Marie is on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and Charity Navigator, and co-chair of National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) Roundtable. She is the executive sponsor of IBM's Global Work/Life Initiative. In June 2015, Marie was named to the WITI Hall of Fame for her passionate support of women in technology. In 2016 Marie was recognized as a Women of Vision STEM Champion by NAFE.
Jack Klinck - Moderator
Jack Klinck is currently the Managing Partner at Hyperplane Venture Capital, a seed stage venture firm focused on emerging technologies such as machine learning and IOT. Hyperplane has built a strong portfolio of 26 companies across a variety of industries. From 2015-2016, Jack served as CEO of Ouisa/ShareNett, a marketplace for family offices to share and co-invest. From 2006 to 2015, Jack was Executive Vice President and Head of Global Strategy and New Ventures at State Street Corporation, where he served on that firm’s management committee and founded two business lines; Alternative Investment Solutions and Global Exchange.
Before joining State Street, Jack was Vice Chairman and President of the Investment Manager Solutions Group at Mellon Financial Corporation. Before joining Mellon in 1997, he held various management positions at American Express.
In his spare time, Jack serves as President of the Spirit of Adventure Council - Boy Scouts of America and Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jack holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.