🎧 Thriller Insider - S4EP9: MicroStrategy World.Now 2021 Day 2 Recap

  
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Thriller Premium is covering MicroStrategy World.Now 2021 for the first year, because MicroStrategy is the first publicly traded company to invest significant treasury assets in Bitcoin. At World.Now, you'll hear from MicroStrategy Chairman and CEO Michael Saylor, as well as a slate of BTC industry luminaries, as they discuss this groundbreaking treasury reserve strategy. Were excited as hell to cover this event this year and bring you all the latest highlights to keep you up to date in what is going on with the Corporate adoption space of Bitcoin.

Our second day agenda, MicroStrategy interview senior executives from the leading vendors of Bitcoin products & services for corporations.  Each interview lasts approximately 25 minutes and cover a broad range of topics. All interviews were conducted by either Michael Saylor (Chairman & CEO) or Phong Le (President & CFO). The goal is at the end of the second day, participants should have familiarity with key elements of Bitcoin strategies, tools & methods necessary to get started, & now know strategic vendors & offerings in the marketplace.

Highlights

Galaxy Digital Presentation with Mike Novogratz

About Galaxy Digital
Galaxy Digital is a diversified financial services and investment management company dedicated to the digital assets and blockchain technology industry. Galaxy Digital's multi-disciplinary team has extensive experience spanning investing, portfolio management, capital markets, venture capital, mining, and blockchain technology. Galaxy Digital currently operates four distinct business lines, which include: Trading, Asset Management, Principal Investing, and Investment Banking. Galaxy Digital's CEO and Founder is Michael Novogratz. The Company is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Tokyo, the Cayman Islands (registered office), New Jersey and Hong Kong.

SPEAKERS:

Mike Novogratz
CEO, Galaxy Digital

Michael Novogratz is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Galaxy Digital. He was formerly a Partner and President of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Prior to Fortress, Mr. Novogratz spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was elected Partner in 1998. Mr. Novogratz served on the New York Federal Reserve’s Investment Advisory Committee on Financial Markets from 2012 – 2015. Mr. Novogratz serves as the Chairman of The Bail Project and has made criminal justice reform a focus of his family’s foundation. He also serves as the Chairman of Hudson River Park Friends, and sits on the boards of NYU Langone Medical Center, the Princeton Varsity Club, Jazz Foundation of America, and Artists for Peace and Justice. Mr. Novogratz received an AB in Economics from Princeton University, and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army.

Michael J. Saylor
Chairman and CEO, MicroStrategy

Michael Saylor (michael.com) is the Chairman & CEO of MicroStrategy (MSTR), a publicly traded business intelligence firm that he founded in 1989.  He is also the founder of Alarm.com (ALRM), named inventor on 40+ patents, & author of the book “The Mobile Wave”.  He founded & serves as trustee for the Saylor Academy (saylor.org), a non-profit organization that has provided free education to 800,000+ students. He is an advocate for the Bitcoin Standard (hope.com).  He has dual degrees from MIT in Aerospace Engineering & History of Science.

Kraken Presentation with Jesse Powell

About Kraken
Founded in 2011, San Francisco-based Kraken is the largest Bitcoin exchange in euro volume and liquidity and also trading Canadian dollars, US dollars, British pounds and Japanese yen. Kraken is consistently rated the best and most secure Bitcoin exchange by independent news media. Kraken was the first Bitcoin exchange to have trading price and volume displayed on the Bloomberg Terminal, the first to pass a cryptographically verifiable proof-of-reserves audit, and is a partner in the first cryptocurrency bank. Kraken is trusted by hundreds of thousands of traders, the Tokyo government's court-appointed trustee, and Germany's BaFin regulated Fidor Bank.

SPEAKERS:

Jesse Powell
CEO and Co-founder, Kraken

Jesse Powell is co-founder and CEO of Kraken, one of the largest and most trusted cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. Kraken was founded in 2011, is consistently rated the most secure crypto exchange, and is #1 in Euro market share. Powell is a 15-year veteran of the virtual currency and gaming industries. Prior to co-founding Kraken, Powell was founder and CEO of Lewt, Inc., a company that delivered services for assisting players in online-based video games with account management and in-game currency, from 2001 to 2011. He was also the founder and CEO of another company, Internet Ventures & Holdings, which provided services to the online gaming community. In 2007, Powell started the Verge Gallery & Studio Project in Sacramento. He became a board member for the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento in 2010, a position he holds to this day.

Michael J. Saylor
Chairman and CEO, MicroStrategy

Michael Saylor (michael.com) is the Chairman & CEO of MicroStrategy (MSTR), a publicly traded business intelligence firm that he founded in 1989.  He is also the founder of Alarm.com (ALRM), named inventor on 40+ patents, & author of the book “The Mobile Wave”.  He founded & serves as trustee for the Saylor Academy (saylor.org), a non-profit organization that has provided free education to 800,000+ students. He is an advocate for the Bitcoin Standard (hope.com).  He has dual degrees from MIT in Aerospace Engineering & History of Science.

Grayscale Investments Presentation with Michael Sonnenshein

About Grayscale
Grayscale Investments is the world's largest digital currency asset manager. With approximately $24.7B AUM, Grayscale provides opportunities for investors to gain exposure to the digital currency asset class. Grayscale is the sponsor of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (BTC), Grayscale Bitcoin Cash Trust (BCH), Grayscale Ethereum Trust (ETH), Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust (ETC), Grayscale Horizen Trust (ZEN), Grayscale Litecoin Trust (LTC), Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust (XLM) and Grayscale Zcash Trust (ZEC), and the manager of Grayscale Digital Large Cap Fund LLC.

SPEAKERS:

Michael Sonnenshein
CEO, Grayscale Investments

Michael Sonnenshein is the CEO of Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager with more than $24.7 billion in assets under management across its family of investment products – all of which provide access and exposure to the digital currency asset class in the form of a traditional security, without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping digital currencies directly. In his role, Michael sets the strategic direction for Grayscale and oversees the daily operations and growth of the business. He is also responsible for maintaining many of the firm’s key client relationships including with financial advisors, family offices, hedge funds, and other institutions, as well as managing the development of Grayscale’s single-asset and diversified digital currency products. Prior to joining Grayscale, Michael was a financial advisor at JP Morgan Securities, covering HNW individuals and institutions, and an analyst at Barclays Wealth, providing coverage to middle‐market hedge funds and institutions. Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his Master of Business Administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Michael was honored in 2018 as one of Business Insider’s Rising Stars of Wall Street and serves as a member of the Grayscale Board of Directors, CME Group Bitcoin Futures Council, and NYU Blockchain Association.

Michael J. Saylor
Chairman and CEO, MicroStrategy

Michael Saylor (michael.com) is the Chairman & CEO of MicroStrategy (MSTR), a publicly traded business intelligence firm that he founded in 1989.  He is also the founder of Alarm.com (ALRM), named inventor on 40+ patents, & author of the book “The Mobile Wave”.  He founded & serves as trustee for the Saylor Academy (saylor.org), a non-profit organization that has provided free education to 800,000+ students. He is an advocate for the Bitcoin Standard (hope.com).  He has dual degrees from MIT in Aerospace Engineering & History of Science.

  • Corporations are piling in look for this to keep continuing in 2020 and in 2021.

  • Largest group amongst these exchanges is Retail still…very surprising.

  • Growth on Exchanges are passing their previous record days and were just getting started early in 2021.

References Docs Mentioned in Conference: Bitcoin Initiative – Project Roadmap | Key Considerations for Corporate Investment in Bitcoin | Treasury Reserve Policy | Bitcoin Trading Policy | Contractual Considerations for Digital Asset Custodians | Bitcoin Accounting Treatment Considerations | Corporates Investing in Crypto


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