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CoinAgenda digital currency investors’ event to be held in San Juan

By on February 27, 2018

SAN JUAN – CoinAgenda, a conference series for connecting blockchain and cryptocurrency investors with startup and initial coin offering (ICO) opportunities, has announced its initial speaker lineup for the second annual CoinAgenda Caribbean, which will take place at La Concha Renaissance Resort in San Juan from March 17 to 19.

According to a release, the three-day conference will focus on “ICOs, digital currency funds, family offices, friendly jurisdictions, investment strategies, and an ICO competition highlighting more than 40 startups and token companies, many of them just prior to their ICO.”

The conference’s organizer, Transform Group, bills the event as an “exclusive, high-end event, featuring meals, parties and a special sit-down dinner at a historic Old San Juan landmark.”

Attendance is limited to 350 attendees, with “Early-bird” registration prices valid until Feb. 28. The organizer says 10% of gross ticket proceeds will benefit hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Last year’s conference in San Juan “marked the US debut of 18 companies and token foundations, including Aeternity, Bancor and Qtum, which went on to raise more than $200 million in their crowdsales and achieve a peak valuation of more than $7 billion,” the release reads.

Puerto Rico enters cryptocurrency game

This year’s speakers include more than a dozen blockchain entrepreneurs who have moved to Puerto Rico in the past two years. Sessions include a “fireside chat” with Brock Pierce, co-founder of Block.One and chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, “whose recent profile in The New York Times kicked off a wave of new attention for Puerto Rico as a new hub for American citizens looking for a friendly, low-tax (as low as 4 percent to Puerto Rico, no IRS tax) jurisdiction for building new companies, as well as zero tax on capital gains for those qualifying under the Territory’s Act 22 program.”

Another session will feature former Puerto Rico Economic Development Secretary Alberto Bacó, “who first championed the Acts” and founded the Partnership for Modern Puerto Rico (PMPR), and Puerto Rico blockchain tax expert Giovanni Méndez, manager at tax advisory service BDO Puerto Rico.

Other blockchain entrepreneurs who have moved to Puerto Rico will also speak at the event, including “major oil trader turned blockchain entrepreneur Bo Collins, founder and CEO, Renovatio Puerto Rico; Crystal Rose, co-founder and CEO, Sense; Dominik Zynis, co-founder, Wings; Scott Walker, managing director, DNA Fund; Reeve Collins, BlockV, Steve Bassi, founder and CEO, Polyswarm, one of the first blockchain companies to put its operations in Puerto Rico immediately after its token generation; Jim Lowry, cofounder of Storj; and author Harry Dent, who will deliver a keynote speech on how cryptocurrency fits in with the broader macroeconomic forecasts for the world economy.”

CoinAgenda founder Michael Terpin, the “first member of the blockchain community to move from the mainland to Puerto Rico in early 2016, will conduct the fireside chat with Brock Pierce, while Stacy Herbert of the Keiser Report will moderate a panel of prominent new Puerto Rico residents from the blockchain community, as well as have an ‘in the moment’ discussion about the topic with co-host Max Keiser,” according to the published announcement.

The conference’s first day includes “a fireside chat with Gabriel Abed and Oliver Gale, co-founders of Bitt, a Barbados company tasked with bringing digital currencies to the Caribbean region, plus a roundtable session featuring half a dozen Caribbean blockchain leaders, moderated by CoinAgenda content director Enrique Martínez.” There will also be panels on friendly jurisdictions around the world.

Digital currency funds and family offices will be “well represented at the conference, with prominent fund managers Liam Robertson, Alphabit Fund; John Nahm, managing partner, Strong Ventures (Korea); David Siemer, managing partner, Wavemaker Partners (US & Singapore); Miko Matsumara, BitBull Ventures; Richard Titus, general partner, Arcadia Fund; and Timo Lehes, partner, Swarm Fund.”

Other speakers include Halsey Minor, founder and CEO of Live Planet and VideoCoin; Natalia Karayaneva, founder and CEO of Propy; Anthem Blanchard, founder and CEO of Anthem Gold; and Peter Bergstrom, BitBlock Ventures.

For more information, visit www.coinagenda.com.

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