Brooklyn |  October 16, 2018

Sooner Than You Think

This fall in New York, we’ll take a deep dive into the technologies that are changing how we spend, save and invest — indeed that are changing many of the basic assumptions of our daily lives including the very future of money itself.

Change is coming. Sooner than you think.

From AI-enabled robo-investing to the implications for retail of a cashless world to the impact on monetary policy if and when governments move to digital tender, technological innovation is rapidly changing our relationship to money, creating major new opportunities but also creating poorly understood risks.

To explore these and other related topics, from the future of financial data security to the technological implications of a workforce delaying retirement, we’ll talk to the technologists, visionaries, founders, and entrepreneurs who are creating the future as well as the venture capitalists, hedge funds, banks and major financial institutions making big bets on how we’ll live our financial lives.


Commissioner Sharon Bowen

Seneca Women Partner Former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner

Kevin Brown

Wirecard North America VP of Strategic Partnerships

Bill Capuzzi

Apex Clearing CEO

Max Chafkin

Bloomberg Businessweek Features Editor

Vik Chawla

Fifth Wall Ventures Principal

Wole Coaxum

MoCaFi Founder & CEO

Vanessa Colella

Chief Innovation Officer, Citi Head of Citi Ventures

Kara Coppa

BLΔKFX COO, EVP & Co-Founder

John R. Crittenden

Pefin Director of Business Development & Investment Strategy

Dr. Stacey Dixon

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Director

Ben Elliott

Bloomberg Intelligence Washington Policy Analyst, Financials

Adena Friedman

Nasdaq President and CEO

Rishi Garg

Mayfield Fund Partner

Nima Ghamsari

Blend CEO & Co-Founder

Tom Giles

Bloomberg Executive Editor, Global Technology

Tim Hardin

Silicon Valley Bank Market Manager, Global Fund Banking

Matt Harris

Bain Capital Ventures Managing Director

Steve Huffman

Reddit CEO & Co-Founder

Caroline Hyde

Bloomberg Television Anchor

Ramya Joseph

Pefin Founder

Lily Katz

Bloomberg Reporter

Joey Krug

Pantera Capital Co-Chief Investment Officer

Yo Sub Kwon

Co-Founder & CEO, Hosho Group Managing Partner, Pink Sky Capital

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

Author, "We Are The Nerds" Senior Writer, Inc.

Renaud Laplanche

Upgrade Co-Founder & CEO

Ben Lerer

Group Nine Media Founding CEO

Robin Li

GGV Capital Vice President

Gideon Lichfield

MIT Technology Review Editor in Chief

Mark Miller

Bloomberg Live Global Editor

Jeff Muskus

Bloomberg Businessweek Senior Technology Editor

Anthony Noto


Andy Rachleff

Wealthfront Co-Founder & CEO

JD Ross

Opendoor Co-Founder

Christine Sandler

Coinbase Director of Institutional Sales

Stacy Scott

Kroll Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations

Shamina Singh

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth President; Executive Vice President, Sustainability

Brad Stone

Bloomberg Senior Executive Editor

Rania Succar

Intuit Vice President and Business Leader for QuickBooks Payments and Capital

Colleen Taylor

Mastercard Executive Vice President, New Payments

Vlad Tenev

Robinhood Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Rob Urban

Bloomberg Senior Finance Editor

Julie Verhage

Bloomberg News Technology Reporter

Tidhar Wald

Better Than Cash Alliance, United Nations Head of Government Relations and Public Policy

Selina Wang

Bloomberg News Reporter

Ryan Williams

Cadre Co-Founder & CEO

Cathie Wood

ARK Invest CEO & Chief Investment Officer

Edith Yeung

Proof of Capital Partner


October 16 - Tuesday

8:00 am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 am



William Vale Hotel, Brooklyn


9:05 am

The Grand Unified Theory of Fintech

Lines are rapidly blurring in fintech, with companies adding services and getting into each other's business. The CEO of SoFi talks about why the industry is converging and SoFi's role in it.



9:25 am

What's Next for Robo-Advisors

Wealthfront continues to add features to its service offerings. We'll explore what's on deck for the pure software model robo-advisor.


  • Jeff Muskus

    Senior Technology Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek


9:45 am

Hotspots for VC Cash

Identifying the hottest trends in fintech and which companies top venture capitalists are backing.



10:05 am

Where Millennials are Investing

The technology behind some of the leading mobile investment companies shares insights on trends and what matters most to Millennial investors.


10:20 am

Next Generation Trading


  • Tom Giles

    Executive Editor, Global Technology, Bloomberg


10:40 am

Networking Break

11:05 am

In Conversation: Reddit CEO Steve Huffman

One-third of Americans visit Reddit each month. It's the 5th most visited site in the U.S.--and there's no shortage of up-to-the minute discussion about crypto and fintech. The man who hand-coded the site and now is chief executive, Steve Huffman, speaks in a rare interview with Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, author of We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory.



11:35 am

Investing in High Risk, High Reward Technologies

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity isn’t as well known as DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — its counterpart at the U.S. Department of Defense, but that’s changing. As the “DARPA for spies,” IARPA is charged with investing in high-risk, high-payoff technologies and research that will help the U.S. intelligence community tackle the myriad challenges facing the country, many of which may only be solved by advanced technological innovation. What are these kinds of threats? Can the U.S. maintain its traditional technological edge? And what role can — or even should — business play in this process?



11:55 am

Lending 2.0

Startups are ramping up their competition with traditional banks in small business lending as well as consumer loans and mortgages.



12:15 pm

Networking Lunch

1:20 pm

Evolution of Payments

As the shift to mobile wallets and payment increases and the battle for market share continues to heat up, which services and security measures are required to win over consumers? Which countries are leading the way in mobile payments?



1:40 pm

The AI Financial Advisor

A case study on how Pefin is leveraging artificial intelligence to provide financial advice at a fraction of the cost of a traditional advisor.



2:00 pm

Realistic Solutions for the Unbanked

As commerce continues to embrace technology and digital currencies become more commonplace, what will happen to unbanked and underbanked consumers? What can be done to ensure no one gets left behind in the digital economy?



  • Wole Coaxum

    Founder & CEO, MoCaFi

  • Shamina Singh

    Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth President;

  • Tidhar Wald

    Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Better Than Cash Alliance, United Nations

2:30 pm

Real Estate Game Changers

Highlight companies shaking up the traditional commercial and residential real estate models.



3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:25 pm

Fintech Landscape in China

A spotlight on what's driving huge investments and innovation in China's fast-growing fintech industry.



3:45 pm

Can Governments Contain Cryptocurrencies?

Cryptocurrencies are at the vanguard of a new wave of financial technologies that threaten to disrupt the traditional business of banking. Yet innovators continue to encounter the realities of a highly regulated financial services industry. Retail payments have become a commodity while central banks retain control over high-dollar, wholesale payments between financial institutions and banks retain a competitive advantage in lending. Can governments continue to exert monetary control over borderless cryptocurrencies to keep them as a niche store of digital wealth? Or will they threaten a decades old monetary order?


  • Ben Elliott

    Washington Policy Analyst, Financials, Bloomberg Intelligence


4:10 pm

Protecting Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Recent cryptocurrency exchange hacks highlight vulnerabilities. As cryptocurrency grows in popularity, what can be done to protect the exchanges and increase investor confidence?



  • Kara Coppa

    COO, EVP & Co-Founder, BLΔKFX

  • Yo Sub Kwon

    Managing Partner, Pink Sky Capital, Co-Founder & CEO, Hosho Group

  • Stacy Scott

    Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations, Kroll

4:30 pm

Institutional Investors Meet Crypto

Despite the recent turbulence in cryptocurrency markets, institutional investors are taking a serious look at the digital currency.



4:50 pm

Opportunities and Challenges from Fintech to Online Media

As a partner at the early stage venture fund Lerer Hippeau, Ben Lerer looks for new consumer retail brands and innovative startups in fintech and crypto. In his other job, as CEO of online publisher Group Nine Media, he looks to harness the rapidly changing media landscape. We'll talk about both, as well as the economic and social trends that are shaking up the tech industry.



5:10 pm

Networking and Cocktail Reception



Invesco is an independent investment management firm dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life. NYSE: IVZ; Invesco is the provider of QQQ, one of the earliest and largest ETFs in the industry. QQQ trades on the Nasdaq Stock Market where innovation and technology expertise have created a world-recognized marketplace for the world’s biggest and best technology companies.

Singapore Airlines

The SIA Group’s history dates back to 1947 with the maiden flight of Malayan Airways Limited. The airline was later renamed Malaysian Airways Limited and then Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA). In 1972, MSA split into Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysian Airline System. Initially operating a modest fleet of 10 aircraft to 22 cities in 18 countries, SIA has since grown to be a world-class international airline group.

Singapore Airlines is committed to the constant enhancement of the three main pillars of its brand promise: Service Excellence, Product Leadership and Network Connectivity. The SIA Group fleet and network are also expanding in support of the development of its portfolio strategy, in which it has investments in both full-service and low-cost airline operations. This portfolio of airlines serving short-, medium-,and long-haul markets gives the SIA Group more flexibility and nimbleness, with the right vehicles to serve the right markets.

Stockholm became the second Scandinavian city to be added to Singapore Airlines’ route network in 2017. During the same year, Singapore Airlines unveiled its new Airbus A380 cabin products. The new Singapore Airlines A380 will be configured with 471 seats in four classes.

In 2018, Singapore Airlines became the world’s first airline to fly the new Boeing 787-10, which will be fitted with its new regional cabin products. The aircraft will be fitted with 337 seats in two classes, with 36 seats in Business Class and 301 seats in Economy Class.


Media Partners

MIT  Technology  Review’s  mission  is  to  inspire  more  consciously-informed  decisions  about  technology  through  influential,  trusted  journalism.  As  the  authority  and leader  in  global  discourse  on  important  emerging  technologies,  MIT  Technology  Review  goes  beyond  technical  explanations,  helping  its audience  explore  innovative  ways  technology  can  improve  lives  everywhere. MIT  Technology  Review’s  reputation  derives  from  its  119-year  history of reporting  on  technology  and  its unique  relationship  with  the  world’s  leading  university  for  research  and  innovation,  MIT.



2017 Speakers

Sooner Than You Think

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