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Marcelo

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s VP, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in Hong Kong on May 14-15, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Marcelo Garcia Casil, the CEO and Founder of DXMarkets.

 

Sarah: What led you to found DXMarkets? What distinguishes DXMarkets among digital currency trading platforms?

Marcelo: Back in 2013 I started getting involved with Bitcoin and crypto-currencies and, having worked for over ten years on trading platforms for major investment banks, I immediately noticed a huge gap in this area – which still exists today.

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Larry

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s VP, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in Hong Kong on May 14-15, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Larry Salibra, the Founder and CEO of Pay4Bugs.

Sarah: Tell us about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Larry: I got involved in Bitcoin while looking for alternative payment methods for our testers. We have a network of testers located all over the world that help our clients test their products and found that many of them would have problems accepting payment by PayPal.

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arthur

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s VP, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders who spoke at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in Hong Kong on May 14-15, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Arthur Hayes, CEO of BitMEX.

Sarah: How did you get interested in Bitcoin?

Arhtur: I was an equity derivatives trader at Citibank in Hong Kong until May 2013. I was laid off, and I wanted to transition into a different field. I had heard about Bitcoin and began researching it. I saw the potential in the currency and thought about how I could get involved. I began trading Bitcoin on a variety of spot and derivatives exchanges initially doing arbitrage trading.

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Misra

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s CEO, David Berger, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that spoke at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Ashok Misra, Founder of Alina Consultants.

David: Tell us about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Ashok: I have a background in software development and have worked on the technical and transactional aspects of banking and merchant side ecommerce systems for more than fifteen years.

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AlexanderCarmichael

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s VP, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in Hong Kong on May 14-15, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Alex Carmichael, the Managing Director of Promontory’s Singapore office.

Sarah: Tell us about how you got interested in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Alex: The interaction of technology and finance has long been of interest to me. Before joining Promontory I spent 7 years at RiskMetrics Group where our objective was to use technology to bring transparency to financial markets. We believed that transparency was the antidote to complexity (i.e. risk) and I see the development of Bitcoin and other digital currencies as following a similar philosophy.

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Ritika Sen Profile

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s CEO, David Berger, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that spoke at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Ritika Sen, Sales and Marketing, at BitSpread.

David: Tell us about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Ritika: I’ve been very fortunate to work in major investment banks in London. I started my career in Lehman Brothers and then in Nomura, where I worked in derivatives and learnt a lot about trading, different kind of investments, regulation and so on. But this was the traditional world and I was looking for something more exciting where I could use my skills. I’m a great fan of technology. I’m fascinated by this phenomenon of money over internet protocol that we describe as Bitcoin and its associated technology. BitSpread, founded in April 2014, which is a firm that is a cryptocurrency wealth manager based in London, was a perfect fit for me.

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BobbyLee

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s VP, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in Hong Kong on May 14-15, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Bobby Lee, the CEO and Founder of BTC China.

Sarah: Tell us about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Bobby: I first got involved with Bitcoins in 2011, when my brother told me about it, and how excited he was about this new digital cryptocurrency.  I started mining that summer, using a home-made rig of PC graphics cards. So for the rest of that year, Bitcoin was just a small hobby.

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Ciccolo J

The Ripple Labs settlement agreement, the first civil enforcement action brought against a digital currency exchange, demonstrates the perils of piecemeal AML compliance and delayed implementation. Earlier this week, Ripple Labs, the popular payment system, currency exchange and remittance network, reached a settlement with FinCEN and the US DOJ in which it acknowledged AML compliance violations and agreed to fines in excess of $1.1 million. And that’s just the beginning. (More on the true financial and operational cost to Ripple Labs in a moment.) So what happened? And how can we learn from this enforcement action?

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Eric_Portrait

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum, Dan McArdle, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Eric Lombrozo, Co-CEO and CTO of Ciphrex.

Dan: Can you tell us a little about why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies?

Eric: I’ve been working on enterprise security software for nearly 20 years. In 2011, a friend introduced me to Bitcoin. I was immediately drawn to it and saw its immense potential but quickly ran into limitations with the existing designs and implementations. I began to think of ways to improve upon them…and I’ve been doing that ever since.

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PaulVigna

As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s Director of Curriculum, Dan McArdle, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Paul Vigna of The Wall Street Journal and co-author of The Age of Cryptocurrency.

Dan: Can you tell us a little about how you first discovered Bitcoin, and what your initial reaction to it was?

Paul: I don’t remember the exact first time I heard the word “bitcoin,” but by the early 2013 I was pretty aware of it. But I will still very skeptical. Like most people, I thought it was a scam. By the summer, my skepticism had softened enough that I went to the Inside Bitcoins conference in midtown. That was the first time I’d ever been around a big group of bitcoiners, and their enthusiasm and energy made a big impression on me. What I saw was this entire counterculture movement, focused around a currency. I was intrigued.

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