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Wednesday, April 24 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Deciphering Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies @Northeastern University Seattle - 401 Terry Ave N #103 FULL

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The explosive growth of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies has fostered a new marketplace and created new foundations and trends for our global economic and social systems. While these tech platforms remain largely cryptic concepts for most people, they are arguably becoming mainstream. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are experiencing increasing uptake from regular businesses including Whole Food and Expedia, and Blockchain is being piloted by dozens of governments. Join our discussion to learn about where are we heading with these platforms and what you can do to prepare yourself to use them in your day to day. Will they stick around to become mainstream, remain a high-risk 'fad' for a niche market, or fade away as quickly as they emerged? Should the average person even care? Educate yourself.

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Mike Achenbach

Staff Engineer II, VMware
Mike is a Staff Engineer at VMware, working on the VMware Blockchain Service.Mike has a long and varied history in the Software industry, with experience in Scientific Computing, compilers, Voice User Interfaces, and Enterprise Applications. He has had roles in Development, Operations... Read More →
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Sadie Raney

Co-Founder & COO, Strix Leviathan LLC
I have a lifelong fascination with learning and taking on challenges. I write business cases for the University of Washington Foster School of Business, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I find Case Writing to be an excellent combination of my love of writing and desire... Read More →
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Andrea Louie

Attorney, --None--
I'm excited about issues at the intersections of law, business, and technology. I've worked on both the legal and business sides of early stage companies. I've counseled from both inside and outside of startupsI'm interested in blockchain technology and the legal implications surrounding... Read More →
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Padmaja Vrudhula

VP Industry Vertical Workload Solutions, Snowflake
Ms. Vrudhula leads an innovation team at Snowflake focused on developing solutions for customers which accelerate the adoption of new product capabilities related to data applications, data science, data collaboration, and data modernization. Prior to Snowflake, Padmaja spent nearly... Read More →
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Miriam Russom

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
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Scott Olson

Head of Employer Brand, Consensys