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  • OUR EVENTS

     

     

    March 20th, 2018: Harvard in Tech Crypto + Blockchain Circle​

    R3, ‎Pythagoras Investment Management, Paxos,Winston & Strawn, Circle, HBUS, NEA

    Harvard in Tech’s Second Crypto + Blockchain Event: the Future of Crypto Exchanges

    by Tiffany Quach

     

    On March 20, 2018, Harvard in Tech hosted its second Crypto + Blockchain event at R3’s offices on the topic of the future of crypto exchanges and the impact of increasing regulatory scrutiny.

     

    Moderator Mitchell Dong from crypto arbitrage fund Pythagoras Investment Management discussed how the crypto industry is addressing new challenges with a financial services lawyer and representatives from three exchanges and a venture capital firm. The panelists included: Beatrice O’Carroll from over-the-counter trading desk Circle Trade; David Wells from cryptocurrency exchange ItBit; Harry Zhou from HBUS, an affiliate of a leading Chinese digital currency exchange; Andrew Schoen from venture capital firm NEA; and lawyer Beth Kramer from Winston and Strawn.

     

    Kramer began a review of the SEC’s recent regulatory activity and guidance, summarizing the SEC’s stance that:

    • every token (including those that are functional) is a “security” as defined by federal securities law, and
    • if a platform offers trading of digital assets that are securities and operates as an “exchange” as defined by federal securities law, then that platform must either be registered as a national securities exchange or operate under an exemption from registration (such as the exemption provided for alternative trading systems (“ATSs”) under SEC Regulation ATS).

     

    The representatives of exchanges commented on how their organizations are responding to regulation.

    • O’Carroll, whose company Circle recently acquired cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex, explained that Poloniex was exploring various options, including registration as a broker-dealer and compliance with the SEC’s requirements for an ATS.
    • Wells described how ItBit obtained a trust charter in New York (similar to a banking license) and is regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services much like a bank is. Wells differentiated between fiat-crypto exchanges and crypto-crypto exchanges and suggested that regulation towards the two types of exchanges should differ.
    • Zhou explained that HBUS’s approach towards regulation is tailored for each market that it operates in. HBUS is self-regulated and represented that its self-imposed program reimburses user losses. Zhou expressed that his company welcomes regulation because regulation provides much-needed guidance.

     

    The panel’s investors discussed whether the crypto exchange industry would experience consolidation in coming years. Observing that increased regulatory burden incentivizes scale, Schoen predicted that increased regulation would result in increased consolidation, but that trends towards consolidation might be balanced by entrepreneurial excitement in the crypto space. Dong anticipated that exchanges based in Asia with an aim towards expansion would acquire U.S. companies. Schoen also viewed market share and trust, as opposed to innovation, as being the main drivers of volume on the retail side.

     

    The questions from the audience illustrated that a significant amount of uncertainty remains with respect to many issues in the crypto space. According to the panelists, it is unclear how decentralized exchanges – software services that match trade orders and that do not hold any customer information or assets – will be regulated.

    Feb 7th, 2018: Harvard in Tech Crypto Circle (+blockchain),
    Microsoft, R3,Crowell & Moring, Comcast Ventures

    Harvard in Tech is bringing together a Crypto + Blockchain Circle, where we will provide an intimate forum for members of the New York City cryptocurrency and blockchain communities to share their knowledge and experience in the space.

     

    The first event covered enterprise applications: discussion topics will include scalability, security, integration and costs of adoption.

    A panel that discussed the legal challenges facing tech start-ups and will address the nuts and bolts of building a successful tech business with as few legal/regulatory issues as possible.

    Sep 28th, 2017: Fall Social
    Mic, Foursquare, Betterment, pymetrics, NextGenVest

    200+ Technologists came together to hear a panel moderated by

    Chris Altcheck (CEO of Mic) that included Jeff Gleuck (CEO of Foursquare), Jonathan Stein (CEO of Betterment), Frida Poll (CEO of pymetrics), Kelly Peeler (CEO of NextGenVest).

     

     

    Over 100 engineers, product managers and technologists came together to hear Leaders in Engineering Panel moderated by Andrew McLaughlin (betaworks) that included Maxwell Krohn (SparkNotes and OkCupid), Marcus Mitchell (Google), Stephanie Killian (Linkedin).

    Feb 22nd, 2017: Emerging Founders Breakfast

    Aaron Rudenstein, Co-Founder of Citymaps

    Aaron Rudenstein from Citymaps joined us for sharing his experience with Emerging Founders.

     

    Dec 1st, 2016: Emerging Founders Breakfast

    Derek Flanzraich, CEO & Founder, Greatist.com

     

     

    Derek Flanzraich from Greatist.com joined us for a conversation to discuss how to build a great content brand, the trials and tribulations of starting a business and the future of online advertising.

     

     

    Nov 2nd, 2016: Design Leaders in Tech

    Yieldmo, Etsy, Google, LearnVest-Northern Mutual, Foossa

     

     

    Harvard in Tech was excited to welcome and hear from leading design experts, including David Goligorsky (Head of Design, Yieldmo), Alex Wright (Senior Director of User Experience, Etsy), Heather Cassano (Director of User Experience, Google), Abigail Gray (VP, Head of Design, LearnVest-Northern Mutual), Lee-Sean Huang (Co-Founder/Creative Director, Foossa).

     

     

    Oct 26th, 2016: Welcome to NYC Tech

    Sweeten, Handy, B12, Forbes Magazine

     

     

    We hosted our Annual Welcome to NYC Tech panel and featured alumni founders Jean Brownhill Lauer (Founder and CEO, Sweeten, HGSD '12), Umang Dua (Co-Founder, Handy, HBS ‘13), Nitesh Banta (Co-Founder and CEO, B12, College '08); and Alex Konrad (Staff Writer, Forbes Magazine, College ‘11).

     

    Our Fourth Annual Summer Social featured Ryan Williams (Cadre, CEO & Co-Founder; Harvard College), Mariah Chase (Eloquii, CEO; Harvard College), Chris Altchek (Mic, CEO & Co-Founder; Harvard College), Jean Brownhill Lauer (Sweeten, CEO & Founder; Harvard GSD), and Matt Salzberg (Blue Apron, CEO and Founder; HBS).

    Feb 3rd, 2016: Fireside Chat

    Marc Goodman, NYTimes bestselling author of "Future Crimes and Cybersecurity"

    A fireside chat with cybersecurity expert Marc Goodman (HKS) who spent a career in law enforcement and technology. He has served as a street police officer, senior adviser to Interpol and futurist-in-residence with the FBI. As the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and the Chair for Policy, Law, and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, he continues to investigate the intriguing and often terrifying intersection of science and security, uncovering nascent threats and combating the darker sides of technology.

     

    Nov 30th, 2015: Bitcoin Panel

    LedgerX, MIT Media Lab, Blockchain, Berkman Center at Harvard, NYTimes

    How is the blockchain changing finance and other industries? What are the most exciting future applications of the blockchain? How has Bitcoin already changed the payment system? Harvard in Tech heard from a panel of industry experts such as, Paul Chou (CEO & Co-Founder, LedgerX), Michael Casey (Senior Advisor on Blockchain at MIT Media Lab), Chris Lavery (VP of Operations, Blockchain), Patrick Murck (Fellow, Berkman Center at Harvard), and Nathaniel Popper, (moderator, NYTimes & Author of "Digital Gold").

    Nov 17th, 2015: Welcome to NYC Tech

    Hello Alfred, Mark43, Margaux

    The Welcome to Your City event at Grand Central Tech centered on meeting other alumni working in the NYC tech industry, catching up with old friends, and hearing from a panel of all-stars from the New York startup and venture capital community. Alums received advice on how to get started, get funded, and get more involved in the New York tech scene from Marcela Sapone, HBS (CEO Hello Alfred), Scott Crouch, C'13 (CEO of Mark43), and Alexa Buckley, C'13 (Co-Founder of Margaux).

    Oct 6, 2015, Panel on Innovation and Biotech

    Pfizer, Venrock, Piper Jaffray, Fierce Biotech

    Harvard in Tech & the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association brought together a panel of industry experts and investors who discussed the current state of innovation in the Biotech industry. Guests included: Uwe Schoenbeck (Chief Scientific Officer, Pfizer’s Worldwide Research and Development (WRD) External R&D Innovation (ERDI) team), Bong Koh (Partner, Venrock), Joshua Schimmer (Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst who joined Piper Jaffray), and John D. Carroll (Editor in Chief, Fierce Biotech).

    Aug 19th, 2015: Women in Tech Dinner

    Jennifer Hyman, CEO & Co-Founder of Rent the Runway

    Women in Tech Dinner featuring Guest of Honor, Jennifer Hyman (CEO & Co-Founder, Rent the Runway). Jennifer shared her journey and offered valuable insights to a group of 14 other Harvard female founders and technologists.

    Aug 8th, 2015: Summer Social

    Birchbox, Roivant, Launch, Bondstreet, NYTimes, General Catalyst

    We were excited to welcome hundreds of Harvard Alumni Technologists to Harvard in Tech's 2015 Summer Social featuring Hayley Barna (Birchbox, Co-Founder; Harvard College & HBS), Vivek Ramaswamy (Roivant, CEO; Harvard College), Sarah Paiji (Launch, CMO; Snapette, Co-founder; Harvard College); David Haber (Bondstreet, Founder & CEO; Harvard College), Nathaniel Popper (NYTimes & Author of "Digital Gold"; Harvard College), and Adam Valkin (General Catalyst, Managing Director; Harvard College).

    Mar 24th, 2015: Harvard Innovation
    Glamsquad Founders; Harvard's Chief Digital Officer; Harvard Innovation & Design Lecturer

    100+ Technologists participated in a discussion about Harvard Innovation with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, C'99 (Glamsquad; Gilt; Perry Ellis; Bulgari), Jason Perri, C'98 (Glamsquad; Apollo Capital; Spectrum Group), David Goldweitz (Glamsquad; Garrison Square), Perry Hewitt (Harvard University Director of Digital Communications) and Beth Altringer (Harvard University Innovation & Design Lecturer)

    Feb 18th, 2015: Seed Stage Founders Roundtable

    ROKO Labs, Callida Energy, Bowery, Hitlist

    We had an evening of lively discussion with 40 Harvard founders on raising a seed round, common pitfalls, and past experiences. Discussion was lead by Amy Kadomatsu (Co-Founder, ROKO Labs), Raphael Carty (Founder, Callida Energy), Zachary Hamed (Founder, Bowery), and Gillian Morris (Founder, Hitlist).

    Nov 18th, 2014: Transitioning into Tech

    Union Square Venture, Hitlist, "How To Speak Tech"

    150 Harvard Alums came out to to hear Albert Wenger (Union Square Venture, C'90) speak about his experiences investing in some of NYC's top technology companies. Gillian Morris (Founder, Hitlist) and Vinay Trivedi (Author, "How To Speak Tech") also discussed the NY Tech 'scene' and how they went about navigating its waters.

    Aug 13th, 2014: Summer Social

    Behance, Shoptiques, Mark 43, Rock Health & General Catalyst

    300+ Technologists came together to hear a panel that included Scott Belsky (Behance, Founder), Olga Vidisheva (Shoptiques, Founder), Scott Crouch (Mark 43, Founder), Halle Tecco (Rock Health, Founder) and Adam Valkin (General Catalyst, Founder).

    April 8th, 2014: Breakfast at Trigger Media

    Vanessa Liu, COO, C'96, HLS'03

    A fireside chat with Vanessa Liu (Chief Operating Officer, Trigger Media, '96, HLS '03) and Andy Russell (Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Trigger Media). Andy and Vanessa talked about their experiences with building Trigger Media, their portfolio companies InsideHook and Host Committee, and trends they are seeing in media and tech. This event was co-sponsored with Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs and HBS Alumni Angels.

     

    Jan 31st, 2014: HBS Tech Trek Mixer

    eBay, AOL, Betaworks, Buzzfeed, Tweeter, Google, Foursquare, Thrive Capital, Warby Parker

     

    The HBS TechMedia Club hosts an annual set of events in NYC that introduces HBS students to the NYC Technology scene. This year 100+ HBS students toured 30+ NYC tech companies, including eBay, AOL, Betaworks, Buzzfeed, Twitter, Google, Foursquare, Thrive Capital, and Warby Parker. Harvard in Tech co-hosted the HBS Tech Trek Mixer to bring together Alumni, HBS students, and host companies.

     

    Nov 21st, 2013: Fireside Chat

    Andrew McLaughlin, CEO of Digg

     

    Andrew McLaughlin (CEO, Digg, and former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States) shared his thoughts about NYC tech, the future of content, and the intersection of tech & politics.

    200+ Technologists came together to hear a panel moderated by Thomas Eisenmann (HBS Professor) that included Adam Valkin (General Catalyst), David Teten (ff Ventures), Lucy Deland (Paperless Post), Dave Eisenberg (Floored), Amy Jain (BaubleBar) and Aaron Schildkrout (HowAboutWe).

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